By 1934, many of Agro-Joint’s existing colonies had become financially self-sustaining or absorbed by COMZET, the Soviet agency overseeing Jewish agricultural development. Agro-Joint narrowed its direct involvement to electrification, dam, and irrigation projects for the colonies. Its agronomists remained on the scene in advisory roles. These services were funded with income from products and services sold within the colonies. For all the improvements taking place, there were major setbacks as well.
New Approaches to Agriculture
With Agro-Joint’s introduction of up-to-date equipment and ideas, the colonies took root and grew.
Change: for the Better, for the Worse
Motorized farm equipment, electrification, and modern solutions for collecting and releasing water vastly improved the chances of success for the settlements. These new technologies, along with innovative farming techniques, financial aid, and hard work brought prosperity to many Agro-Joint colonies.