§226-7  Objectives and policies for the economy--agriculture.  (a)  Planning for the State's economy with regard to agriculture shall be directed towards achievement of the following objectives:

     (1)  Viability of Hawaii's sugar and pineapple industries.

     (2)  Growth and development of diversified agriculture throughout the State.

     (3)  An agriculture industry that continues to constitute a dynamic and essential component of Hawaii's strategic, economic, and social well-being.

     (b)  To achieve the agriculture objectives, it shall be the policy of this State to:

     (1)  Establish a clear direction for Hawaii's agriculture through stakeholder commitment and advocacy.

     (2)  Encourage agriculture by making the best use of natural resources.

     (3)  Provide the governor and the legislature with information and options needed for prudent decision-making for the development of agriculture.

     (4)  Establish strong relationships between the agricultural and visitor industries for mutual marketing benefits.

     (5)  Foster increased public awareness and understanding of the contributions and benefits of agriculture as a major sector of Hawaii's economy.

     (6)  Seek the enactment and retention of federal and state legislation that benefits Hawaii's agricultural industries.

     (7)  Strengthen diversified agriculture by developing an effective promotion, marketing, and distribution system between Hawaii's food producers and consumers in the State, nation, and world.

     (8)  Support research and development activities that strengthen economic productivity in agriculture, stimulate greater efficiency, and enhance the development of new products and agricultural by-products.

     (9)  Enhance agricultural growth by providing public incentives and encouraging private initiatives.

    (10)  Assure the availability of agriculturally suitable lands with adequate water to accommodate present and future needs.

    (11)  Increase the attractiveness and opportunities for an agricultural education and livelihood.

    (12)  In addition to the State's priority on food, expand Hawaii's agricultural base by promoting growth and development of flowers, tropical fruits and plants, livestock, feed grains, forestry, food crops, aquaculture, and other potential enterprises.

    (13)  Promote economically competitive activities that increase Hawaii's agricultural self-sufficiency, including the increased purchase and use of Hawaii-grown food and food products by residents, businesses, and governmental bodies as defined under section 103D‑104.

    (14)  Promote and assist in the establishment of sound financial programs for diversified agriculture.

    (15)  Institute and support programs and activities to assist the entry of displaced agricultural workers into alternative agricultural or other employment.

    (16)  Facilitate the transition of agricultural lands in economically nonfeasible agricultural production to economically viable agricultural uses.

    (17)  Perpetuate, promote, and increase use of traditional Hawaiian farming systems, such as the use of loko ia, māla, and irrigated loi, and growth of traditional Hawaiian crops, such as kalo, uala, and ‘ulu.

    (18)  Increase and develop small-scale farms. [L 1978, c 100, pt of §2; am L 1986, c 276, §6; am L 1993, c 25, §2; am L 2009, c 167, §3; am L 2013, c 55, §2; am L 2015, c 31, §2]