Kahele, Case introduce cacao, floriculture bills

U.S. Reps. Kai Kahele and Ed Case, both D-Hawaii, introduced Thursday a pair of measures to help protect the domestic floriculture, nursery and cacao industries.

House Resolution 7812 would  amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to establish a floriculture and nursery plant health initiative. HR 7813 would do the same for the cacao industry.

What You Need To Know

  • The bills would amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to establish health initiatives for the floriculture, nursery and cacao industries
    • The floriculture and nursery industries generated more than $81 million in revenue on 2,324 acres in 2020 and have created thousands of jobs throughout rural Hawaii
    • Hawaii’s emerging cacao industry has expanded to 36,700 trees across 300 acres and generates nearly $1.5 million a year in farm gate revenue
  • The bills were lauded by industry representatives

“Diversifying Hawaiʻi’s economy starts with protecting our existing agricultural commodities and opening the door to new competitive goods,” Kahele said. “Distinctive Hawaiʻi floral and nursery characteristics, in turn, will help our island growers build wealth and command premium prices in markets throughout the United States.


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