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        1/7/2014, Shevat 6, 5774

      Tzohar Calls for Regulation of Shmita Produce Prices

      The Tzohar rabbinical organization called, Tuesday, for government regulation of prices for produce during the Shmita seventh year of the Jewish agricultural cycle, when - in theory - the land is supposed to lie fallow. The Shmita year restrictions are scheduled to start in September

      While there are imports to address the situation, there are steps, under Jewish religious law, for the land to be farmed, one of which calls for charging only the costs of production when it comes to determining the price of produce. In a position paper submitted to the Knesset State Control Committee in response to the State Comptroller's report on preparations for the Shmita year, Tzohar said, "We must eradicate the phenomenon of kosher organizations producing huge profits from the treatment of fruit of the seventh year, instead of settling for reimbursement only."