Political Radar

Off the dole

March 22nd, 2013

State Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz thinks the state should purchase land in Central Oahu that Dole Food Co. has offered for sale, adding to the Galbraith Estate land the state has already picked up.

The roughly 22,500 acres of Dole land could cost from $175 million to $200 million. Dela Cruz suggests the state could float general obligation or revenue bonds to finance the purchase, with farmers and other tenants paying back the bonds.

From Dela Cruz:

As we increase the State’s inventory of agricultural land, we provide the opportunity for farmers to expand their business or encourage new farmers into the industry.  We also enable the increase of diversified agriculture and allow for self-sufficiency. We want to demonstrate that farming is an attractive profession, agriculture is revenue generating, and that there is a career in agriculture.  We hope to see a new generation of farmers.

One Response to “Off the dole”

  1. Sayer:

    Farming - it's amazing how little attention we give to this indispensable profession. What would do without food? Large agribusiness corporations exploit the land and provide food with less nutrients. I strongly agree with Senator Dela Cruz; especially in Hawaii we MUST move towards self-sufficiency. It will benefit all of us both in the short term and the long term.


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