STAND. COM. REP. NO.326-02
RE: H.B. No. 2172
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Agriculture and Higher Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 2172 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURE,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to appropriate $1,000,000 for agricultural initiatives as follows:
(1) $500,000 for:
(A) Research and development of high-value agricultural products and biotechnology; and
(B) Creation and adoption of agricultural management practices that protect Hawaii's environment;
(2) $500,000 for the development of the agribusiness incubator initiative.
Testimony in support of this measure was submitted by the Hawaii Agricultural Research Center, Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, Pineapple Growers Association of Hawaii, Hawaii Forest Industry Association, Aloun Farms, Inc., Hawaii Macadamia Nut Association, Kilauea Agronomics, Limited Liability Company, Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers, Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference, and the Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company. The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and Hawaiian Host Chocolates supported the intent of this measure.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Agriculture and Higher Education that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2172 and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Agriculture and Higher Education,
ROY TAKUMI, Chair
FELIPE P. ABINSAY, Chair