STAND. COM. REP. NO. 318

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 333
                                     H.D. 1




Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Agriculture, to which was referred H.B.
No. 333 entitled: 

     "A BILL FOR AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR AGRICULTURE,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to appropriate funds for various
agricultural commodities' research and development.

     Your Committee finds that diversified agriculture is one of
Hawaii's fastest growing industry given public and private
support it needs to promote its development and financial
viability.  Your Committee further finds that several
agricultural commodities are faced with disease and pests
affecting their crops, such as, nematode pests, which affects the
export of anthurium plants, phytophthora diseases that destroy
landscape plantings, sailborne disease and pests, which affects
ginger roots, banana bunchy top virus that damage banana fields
and research on macadamia cultivars for high production disease-
resistant varieties.

     This bill appropriates the sum of $562,413 to the Department
of Agriculture for fiscal year 1999-2000 to provide for research
and development for various commodities.

     Testimonies in support of this measure were received from
the Board of Agriculture, the College of Tropical Agriculture and
Human Resources, the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, the Hawaii

 
 
 
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Agriculture Research Center, the Hawaii Anthurium Industry
Association, the Hawaii Tropical Flower Council, the Kea'au
Banana Plantation, the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers, the Hawaii
Macadamia Nut Association, the Big Island Farm Bureau, the Oahu
Banana Growers Association, the Big Island Banana Growers
Association, the Green Point Nurseries, the Hawaii Food
Manufacturers, and the Hawaii Association of Nurserymen.

     Your Committee has amended this bill by providing funding
for the fiscal year 1999-2000 in the total sum of $562,413.
Therefore, your Committee changed the sum on line 2 page 1 from
"$509,800" to "$562,413" and on line 3 to line 5 on page 1
striking "and the sum of $375,500 or so much thereof as may be
necessary for fiscal year 2000-2001."  Your Committee further
amended this bill by including funds for anthurium research,
$47,188 and pineapple research, $208,000, and reducing the amount
for contingency research fund from $100,000 to $30,425.  It
further amended this bill by deleting the funding for the various
commodities for fiscal year 2000-2001.            

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Agriculture that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No.
333, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second
Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 333, H.D. 1, and
be referred to the Committee on Finance.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Agriculture,



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                                   FELIPE P. ABINSAY, JR., Chair