STAND. COM. REP. NO.193-02
RE: H.B. No. 2017
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Agriculture, to which was referred H.B. No. 2017 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to appropriate $1,000,000 for agricultural research and development to be performed by the Hawaii Agricultural Research Center (HARC). The funds authorized will:
(1) Promote the cost sharing of agricultural research between the public and private sectors; and
(2) Assist in maintaining the current levels of agricultural research and development at HARC.
Testimony in support of this measure was received from the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Hawaii Agriculture Research Center, Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, Waialua Farmers Cooperative, Pineapple Growers Association of Hawaii, Hawaii Coffee Association, Hawaii Forest Industry Association, Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference, Agro Resources, Inc., a representative from Garst Seed Company, Alluvion, Inc., Gay & Robinson, Inc., Kamiya Farms, Inc., a representative from North Shore Farms, Oils of Aloha, Sweet Aloha Farms, and the Hawaii Egg Producers Cooperative. The Department of Agriculture supported the intent of this bill.
Your Committee finds that agricultural research is essential to the success of diversified agriculture in Hawaii. Through research, agriculture can continue to develop new and improved varieties of crops to increase productivity and remain competitive in the global marketplace.
Over the years, HARC has been in the forefront of agricultural research and development, successfully creating partnerships with Hawaii's agricultural industry to develop new and improved crop varieties. Your Committee fully supports continued funding for HARC to enable it to continue to provide the necessary research services to ensure the overall success and long-term growth of the State's agricultural industry.
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. 2017 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Agriculture,
FELIPE P. ABINSAY, Chair