With hotels, restaurants, and farmers largely shuttered, demand for fresh, local produce has plummetted. The loss of revenue puts future harvests at risk.
Local farmers are experiencing a cash crunch, according to Brian Miyamoto, director of the Hawaii Farm Bureau. He says a wide range of crops of have seen a decline in sales due to the economic shutdown.
“Aquaculture, mac nuts, coffee, herbs, papaya, and pineapple are highly dependent on tourism, the food service industry, and the export market. Many of them have hit some really tough times,” Miyamoto said in a briefing to lawmakers in the state House of Representatives.