Thursday, Jan 12 2012 1:46PM
Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie said recently the state needs to move toward a more self-sustatining agriculture to preserve resources and create jobs.
Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie spoke at the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual meeting recently, at which he stated the need for Hawaii to embrace new farming methods to create a more self-sustaining farming economy.
Abercrombie said the state has modernized its farming industry in recent years. He added that continuing to modernize the state's agriculture business should make local communities more self-sufficient and help create jobs.
"Food security is the primary goal," said Abercrombie. "Entrepreneurial farming and jobs, preserving and advancing rural communities, sustaining natural resources, agricultural resources and the planning and commitment that will bring that all about."
An advanced agricultural industry in the state may help lower unemployment in rural communities. Data from the Census Bureau indicates the rural jobless rate in Hawaii during 2010 was 9 percent. In urban areas in the state, it was 5.6 percent.
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture said many employment opportunities for rural communities can be created not only through farm work but also through the state's burgeoning eco-tourism industry.
For further information, check out these sources: AgWired
, U.S. Department of Agriculture
, Hawaii Department of Agriculture