Agricultural Products, Promote

Appropriates moneys to department of agriculture to establish
appropriate sites for distribution/consolidation centers in
Hawaii and mainland states for Hawaii agricultural products.
(HB374  HD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  Hawaii's agricultural and processed food
 2 products are known worldwide for their high quality and unique
 3 characteristics exuding an image of significant market value.
 4 Hawaii's diversified agriculture products such as coffee, beef,
 5 macadamia nuts, exotic cut-flowers, tropical fruits, fresh
 6 vegetables, and aquaculture products form the basis for a genuine
 7 gourmet market. 
 8      A well-established network for the distribution of products
 9 is key to the successful penetration of the mainland United
10 States market.  This network would include warehouse and cooling
11 facilities in Hawaii and strategically located mainland states.
12 Most diversified agricultural producers are small to mid-size
13 business operations that do not have the resources to create such
14 a network.  Some state assistance is necessary to help these
15 producers establish this network. 
16      The purpose of this Act is to provide funds for the
17 department of agriculture to establish appropriate sites for
18 distribution/consolidation centers in Hawaii and mainland states;
19 to rent appropriate warehouse facility at each of the sites,

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 1 including a cooling facility for Hawaii agricultural products;
 2 and to make these sites available for use by agricultural
 3 producers and manufacturers from Hawaii for the promotion and
 4 sale of their products.
 5      SECTION 2.  There is appropriated out of the general
 6 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $100,000 or so much
 7 thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000 to develop
 8 appropriate sites for distribution/consolidation centers and to
 9 rent warehouse and cooling facilities in Hawaii and mainland
10 states, as determined appropriate, to store, sell, and promote
11 Hawaii agricultural products, as defined in section 421-1, Hawaii
12 Revised Statutes.
13      SECTION 3.  The sum appropriated shall be expended by the
14 department of agriculture for the purposes of this Act.
15      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1999.