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A/AC.21/W.28/Add.1
22 March 1948

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UNITED NATIONS PALESTINE COMMISSION

ESTIMATE OF MINIMUM IMPORTS OF CERTAIN ESSENTIAL FOOD
PRODUCTS REQUIRED FOR PALESTINE BETWEEN
15 MAY AND 1 OCTOBER

Tons
Cereals:
Bread cereals
71,500
of wheat flour equivalent
Rice
5,000
Sugar
11,500
Meat:
Frozen meat
1,100
Canned meat
700
Oils and fats:
Copra
8,250
Cotton seed
7,500
Ground nuts
9,000
Linseed
850
Cocoa beans
900

The quantities in the above table are calculated on the basis of the programme of allocations laid down by the IEFC (in respect of cereals, oils and fats) and by the British Ministry of Food. No account is taken of the fact that, in respect of all products except bread cereals and sugar, the rate of import up to 15 May is less than would be required under the programme. If this programme is fulfilled between 15 May and 1 October, it will only be sufficient to maintain current consumption and will not provide for building up of stocks.

In regard to meat, it should be noted that the major source of meat supply in. Palestine is normally from livestock imported from Middle Eastern countries. This importation has practically ceased under present conditions, and consequently the quantities of frozen and canned meat in the above table are far below what would be required to maintain a normal rate of consumption of meat of all kinds.

In respect of oils and fats, allocated by the IEFC, imports have been very much below the quantities allocated, and there is already an acute shortage of these products. None of the 10,000 tons of rice programmed for the year have yet been imported into Palestine, and there is no prospect of any importations of rice before 15 May.

Finally, it should be clearly indicated that all these quantities imply a relatively low rate of consumption. They take no account of the possibility of a fall in local production and of destruction of stocks as a result of internal disorder. Moreover, the carry-over of stocks is dangerously low, and in order to build up working stocks to safe levels, larger quantities of all these products would need to be imported. The figures given on the preceding page, therefore, are the minimum quantities needed to avert a serious food crisis.



TABLE 1

FOOD IMPORTS INTO PALESTINE

(in value)


(at the rate:
1
P = 4 $)
1946*
1947*
U.S.$
U.S.$
Grain and flour
28,575,000
36,289,000
Wheat, hard
18,337,000
8,620,000
Wheat flour
1,210,000
5,279,000
Barley
4,930,000
8,691,000
Rice
1,049,000
1,084,000
Meat
432,000
633,000
Animals, living, for food
10,787,000
12,189,000
Dairy products
6,423,000
9,872,000
Butter
414,000
1,587,000
Cheese
1,034,000
1,865,000
Fruits and vegetables
5,806,000
9,684,000
Sugar
2,757,000
3,351,000
Oils**
Oils and fats, edible
500,000

Source: General Monthly Bulletin of Current Statistics, (Government of Palestine) December 1947

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* Based on the figures for the first three-quarters,
* Does not include certain other oils and oil seeds allocated by the IEFC, imports of which were approximately 1.37 million ($5.5 million) in 1947.


TABLE 2
QUANTITY OF FOOD IMPORTS INTO PALESTINE
1946 and 1947

Group
Unit
Jan-Sept
1946
Total
Year 1946
Estimate
Jan-Sept
1947
Total
Year 1947
(Estimate)
Remarks
A (Grain and flour)
Tons
190,462
253,949
217,524
290,032
B (Feeding stuffs for animals)
"
28,183
37,577
56,853
75,804
C (Meat)
"
478
637
596
795
Excluding poultry, included under group D
D (Animals, living, for food)
Numbers
234,320
312,427
352,615
470,153
E Dairy produce)
Tons
7,961
9,415
10,876
14,501
1 egg = 50 grammes 1,000 eggs - 50 kg.
F (Fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables)
"
25,230
33,640
42,743
56,991
G (Beverages)
"
630
840
1,361
1,815
1 litre - 1 kg.
H (Other foods)
"
36,101
48,135
27,980
27,707
Individual Items
Rice
Tons
5,639
7,519
5,245
6,993
Wheat
"
125,471
167,295
60,380
80,507
Wheat flour
"
8,425
11,233
26,965
35,953
Barley
"
35,927
47,903
53,528
71,371
Live Animals
Number
205,853
274,471
214,329
285,772
Butter
Tons
429
572
1,464
1,952
Cheese
"
968
1,291
1,757
2,344
Sugar (Nos. 181-5)
"
18,240
24,320
18,101
24,000
Oils, edible, n.e.s.
"
1,101
1,468
Olive oil
"
1
1
Fats n.e.s.
"
2
3
286
381
Copra
"
3,015
4,020
6,991
9,321
Cotton seeds
"
15,277
20,369
Sesame seeds
"
1,137
1,516
6,154
8,205
Cotton seed oil
"
1
1
3
4
Sunflower seeds
"
4
5
TABLE 3

VALUE OF IMPORTS OF FOOD INTO PALESTINE BY COUNTRIES OF
ORIGIN - 1947*

(4$ = 1)

Commodity and Country
Value in $
Year 1947
Value in $
Year 1946
Barley, Total
8,691,500
4,933,948'
Tripolitania
2,799,340
Iraq
4,616,748
Syria/Lebanon
1,224,336
Turkey
51,076
Rice, Total
1,084,592
Egypt
1,084,336
Other
256
Wheat, hard
8,627,572
18,336,432
Canada
7,125,796
Abyssinia
691,252
Syria/Lebanon
374,368
Turkey
123,692
Transjordan
312,464
Wheat flour
5,279,440
1,210 572
Australia
3,187,840
Canada
1,545,440
Abyssinia
61,444
Egypt
47,220
Others (Africa)
Iraq
188,880
Syria/Lebanon
242,688
Transjordan
5,868
Other countries
60
Sugar, Total
3,361,172
2,757, 200
Grain and Flour
36,289,792
28,57,824
Meat
432,156
633,216
Animal, living for food
12,189,476
Cattle and buffaloes
6 325,772
Other countries (Africa)
Iraq
48,468
Syria/Lebanon
5,096,444
Transjordan
98,276
Goats and Kids
1,763,124
Iraq
4,948
Turkey
1,734,548
Transjordan
19,876
Other countries
3,748
Sheep and lambs
4,099,212
Arabia
66,396
Iraq
96,748
Turkey
3,902,804
Transjordan
12,704
Dairy products
9,872,228
6.423,316
Butter
1,587,120
414,836
Cheese
1,866,420
1,034,884
Fruits and vegetables
5.806,560
9,684,860
Oils
Copra
1,810,044
India and Ceylon
Other British possessions
814,564
Other Asiatic countries
995,476
Sesame seeds
3,504,628
India
553,580
Other British possessions
17,820
Abyssinia
125,852
Other countries (Africa)
445,636
Arabia
1,075,168
Iraq
229,968
Iran
527,392
Syria/Lebanon
458,772
Transjordan
78,029
Other countries
12,416

* These estimates are made on the basis of the first three-quarters of each year.

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