Housing Minister Meir Sheetrit and the management of his office gave a personal example and volunteered to pick apples and nectarines in Metula.
During the war, the farmers of Metula were not allowed to go out and work their lands, and their foreign workers just got up and left in the middle of the picking season. Sheetrit and his people were able to pick close to ten tons of fruit.
Sheetrit said that the fruit-picking gave him a good feeling. “Instead of spending another routine workday in Jerusalem, I thought it was important to volunteer to pick fruit in the orchards of the north. To my delight, my office has started receiving calls from citizens who are willing to spend a workday to assist the farmers in the north. It hurts to see all the spoiled fruit on the ground, but it makes you want to continue picking the many fruits still left on the trees.”
Minister Sheetrit called the public to help the farmers in the north to pick their fruits. Sheetrit said that many tons of fruit are still on the trees, manly because many foreign workers left the country during the war. Sheetrit also called the youths on vacation to “donate one day and come to the picking in the north.”