Access to agricultural methods and markets that can support family farms and provide greater financial incentive to bring more fallow land into production will keep the Wahiawa Valley open and help build prosperity.
One possible example to consider is Brazil’s method of increasing farm output which took them from being an importer of most of their basic food stuff to a major exporter. There is no reason Hawaii cannot follow a similar course as a tropical location with abundant land for agriculture.
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The method presents technical recommendations for integrated systems in Acre and allows for grain production combined with the renovation of pastures and introduction of tree species. It includes different arrangements of ICLF systems, livestock-forest behavior of native and exotic tree species in Acre, methods of implementation, maintenance, management and economic viability. One of the proposed arrangements includes planting the native tree species Calycophyllum spruceanum (of commercial value) and Samanea tubulosa (source of nitrogen and shade) alongside corn in-between the rows for two years, including during the harvest and mid-season harvest. The forage plant is sown with the third corn harvest. Read More>>
Creating a similar level of commitment to agriculture means more wealth for farmers and preserving agricultural land for locally grown produce