Mayor Michael Victorino released the following statement today on Mahi Pono’s announcement of its 2019 Maui Crop Plan.
“Mahi Pono has taken a strong step in the right direction by announcing it would be planting more than a dozen crops on 1,500 to 2,000 acres in Central Maui,” Mayor Victorino said. “These include avocados, bell peppers, potatoes, papaya and several others. I’m looking forward to seeing the brown brush left on former sugar lands returned to green, productive farming, with jobs for our local residents.
“I’m also pleased to see Mahi Pono’s responsible approach to water usage, and its commitment to honoring interim instream flow standards set by the state Commission on Water Resource Management for East Maui,” Mayor Victorino said. “Work to restore natural stream flows for several East Maui streams has been completed, but more work needs to be done.
“Sugar was a very thirsty crop,” Mayor Victorino said. “I’m eager for our community to work collaboratively to find win-win solutions to make water available for everyone – East Maui taro farmers, Mahi Pono’s diversified ag, small local farmers in a community farming initiative and our Upcountry residents.”