A number of months ago, a large esrog orchard was planted in Jordan, in an area near a central city as the investors are hopeful relations with Jordan will remain peaceful and he will be able to import mehudar esrogim from there. These esrogim will provide a solution during shmitah year but owners are hopeful there will be esrogim before the next shmitah.
The idea that of an entrepreneur during the last shmitah year, and for this purpose he contacted businessmen in Jordan and studied the area. A special agronomist was also sent to inspect the area, in order to provide a professional opinion regarding the quality of the esrogim that would grow in a desert area.
After the various tests, including the economic feasibility, it was decided to involve the members of the Eida Chareidis kashrus, who gave their blessing to the move, after they were presented with the main argument that the move was made for the shmitah.
Esrogim require a great deal of work and even when there are tensions between Israel and Jordan, there will be activities on the ground as Jews will be required to work to take care of the planted trees towards realizing a good crop.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)