STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1268

                                   Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.C.R. No. 34
                                        S.D. 1




Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Economic Development, to which was
referred S.C.R. No. 34 entitled:

     "SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION URGING THE SUPPORT FOR HOME
     ORGANIC PRODUCE COOPERATIVES,"

begs leave to report as follows:
     
     The purpose of this measure is to urge the Department of
Agriculture, with assistance from the Department of Business,
Economic Development, and Tourism and the University's extension
service to develop a coordinated plan to provide assistance and
support to citizen gardeners who may be interested in forming
community-based home organic produce cooperatives.

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure
from the Department of Agriculture (DOA), the Department of
Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, and the Office of
Hawaiian Affairs.

     Your Committee finds that at the current time, the organic
farming industry is concentrated on large-scale activities, and
promotion of backyard and other citizen organic farming
activities would benefit the State by increasing the self-
sufficiency of its residents.  Many interested individuals would
find the assistance provided under this measure vital for
inducing wider participation in organic gardening.

     Your Committee has amended this measure to make the
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Resources and its extension service the lead agency, with
assistance from the DOA.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Economic Development that is attached to this
report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of
S.C.R. No. 34, as amended herein, and recommends that it be
referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, in the form attached
hereto as S.C.R. No. 34, S.D. 1.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Economic
                                   Development,



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                                   LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair

 
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