Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces $2.1 Million Investment in Agricultural Business Accelerator for Kamuela Farmers

September 19, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC– Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today announced the U.S. Economic Development Administration will invest $2,178,250 to support the design and construction of an agricultural business accelerator for small farmers and agricultural markets in Kamuela on Hawaiʻi Island.  The project is expected to save 39 current jobs, create 28 new jobs, and generate greater food self-reliance and sustainability.

“Earlier this month, I visited Kamuela and met with farmers who were passionate about increasing local food production, reducing dependence on imports, and strengthening the overall sustainability of Hawaiʻi Island,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.  “This important investment will boost the efforts of local farmers and businesses by providing assistance with self-sustaining value-added food and fiber production.  Supporting the agricultural business accelerator is a smart move and a ‘win-win’ across the board for our local economy, the jobs market, farmers, consumers, and sustainability efforts across the state.”

The investment funding will be managed through The Kohala Center, an independent, community-based center for research, conservation, and education that works to turn research and traditional knowledge into action so that communities in Hawai‘i and around the world can thrive—ecologically, economically, culturally, and socially.  The organization’s main areas of interest are energy self-reliance, food self-reliance, and ecosystem health.

 

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