Agricultural Products; Promote

Appropriates moneys to the Department of Agriculture to establish
appropriate sites for distribution and consolidation centers in
Hawaii and mainland states for Hawaii agricultural products.
(HB374 HD2)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 2
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  Hawaii's agricultural and processed food
 2 products are known worldwide for their high quality and unique
 3 characteristics, exuding an image of significant market value.
 4 Hawaii's diversified agriculture products such as coffee, beef,
 5 macadamia nuts, exotic cut-flowers, tropical fruits, fresh
 6 vegetables, and aquaculture products form the basis for a genuine
 7 gourmet market. 
 8      A well-established network for the distribution of products
 9 is key to the successful penetration of the mainland United
10 States market.  This network would include warehouse and cooling
11 facilities in Hawaii and strategically located mainland states.
12 Most diversified agricultural producers are small to mid-size
13 business operations that do not have the resources to create such
14 a network.  Some state assistance is necessary to help these
15 producers establish this network. 
16      The purpose of this Act is to provide funds for the
17 department of agriculture to establish appropriate sites:
18      (1)  For distribution and consolidation centers in Hawaii
19           and mainland states;

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 1      (2)  To rent appropriate warehouse facilities at each of the
 2           sites, including a cooling facility for Hawaii
 3           agricultural products; and
 4      (3)  To make these sites available for use by agricultural
 5           producers and manufacturers from Hawaii for the
 6           promotion and sale of their products.
 7      SECTION 2.  There is appropriated out of the general
 8 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $1 or so much thereof
 9 as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000 to develop
10 appropriate sites for distribution and consolidation centers and
11 to rent warehouse and cooling facilities in Hawaii and mainland
12 states, as determined appropriate, to store, sell, and promote
13 Hawaii agricultural products, as defined in section 421-1, Hawaii
14 Revised Statutes.
15      SECTION 3.  The sum appropriated shall be expended by the
16 department of agriculture for the purposes of this Act.
17      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1999.