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Archive for the month “September, 2013”

OECD report- State sponsorship of agriculture leads to higher prices for the consumer

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), of which Israel is a member, published its first report reviewing Israel’s agricultural policies.  OECD has previously evaluated Israel’s health care system, educational system , environmental performance and more.  They present an unbiased comparison of Israel in relation to other developed nations and provide sound recommendations for improvement and praise when deserving.

From the review:

“Israel’s agriculture is unique amongst developed countries in that land and water resources are nearly all state-owned and that agricultural production is dominated by co-operative communities. Since the late 1980s, agriculture in Israel has benefited from: a stable macroeconomic climate; policy reforms; high levels of investment in R&D; a developed education system; high-performing extension services; and accumulated farm management expertise.

Israel is a world leader in agricultural technology, particularly in farming in arid conditions. Israeli agriculture thus relies on an “induced”, rather than “natural”, comparative advantage, one built on knowledge and technological progress…Government support to Israeli farmers has fallen over recent years but a number of market distorting policies are still in place…While the level of agricultural support has been falling,…the share of the most distortive types of support have increased over the last two decades.   This mostly reflects continued high border protection for agricultural commodities pushing domestic prices above international levels and resulting in high market price support…More efficient water resource management also remains a critical challenge.”

You can read the full report on the OECD website.

Interestingly enough, the Ministry of Agriculture does not mention OECD’s criticism of market distorting in it’s press release, only OECD’s praise of Israel’s agricultural R&D.

This report shouldn’t come as a surprise to us; after all, we saw in Yisrael HaYom that even though milk is price controlled, it still costs significantly more than milk in the US or the UK.  We also learned about the Trachtenberg Report which is breaking the barrier to import which will subsequently lower prices.  Hopefully this review will convince our legislators the need for price reform in Israel.


Avent Natural coupons

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Neviot water bar sales- expires 15 Oct 2013

If you have been debating getting a Neviot water bar, now is the time- sign up for a 12-month contract and get the first month free or sign up for an 18-month contract and get an espresso machine for free!

New customers only.  For more information call *3080.



Who’s got a sukkah?

If you are eating out this week, eLuna published a list of which restaurants will have sukkot.

Cafe Greg posted this list of branches with a sukkah:

Call to confirm and make reservations in the sukkah if necessary.

Anywhere else?  Let me know!


AHAVA free sample and coupon

70% discount on toys at Happening stores- expires 30 Sept 2013

Click here and enter your cell phone number to get a SMS with a coupon code for 70% the second toy purchased at Happening stores during Sukkot.

Toys on sale include: Ninja Turtles, Professor Ein-O, Disney, Selectra, Monster High, Sammy the Firefighter, Bob the Builder, Animagik, Hello Kitty and more!

Click here for a list of Happening stores.

Pnei Kedem Kite festival coupon- 24 Sept 2013

The Pnei Kedem kite festival is quite an event.  Standing on the top of a mountain watchng the kites fly is an exhilarating experience.  There are lots of activites for the kids and there are some truly spectacular kites carried by very strong winds.  I highly recommend it!

To get a coupon for 20% off the admission price (25 shekels per person instead of 30), enter your name and email address on their Facebook page and a page will pop up with the coupon.

Free pet food samples from MaPet

Like their Facebook page , fill in your contact information and your sample will be sent to you.

Kelo-cote coupons- expire 31 Dec 2013

Pantene shampoo coupon- expires 31 Dec 2013

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