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    The Economics of Cacao Production in Kona
    (University of Hawaii, 2009-09) Fleming, Kent ; Smith, Virginia Easton ; Bittenbender, H.C. 'Skip'
    This study uses an interactive spreadsheet model to estimate the economic costs and returns for producing cacao in Kona, Hawaii, using price and production data typical for a 1-acre, mature cacao orchard. The primary purpose of the analysis is to enable Hawaii's cacao growers and processors to determine a price for wet cacao beans that will be fair to both, allowing both enterprises to be profitable in the long run. The document provides a link to a downloadable Excel spreadsheet.
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    The Economics of Revitalizing Hawaiian Fishpond Production
    (University of Hawaii, 1995-02) Fleming, Kent ; Graydon, Keala ; Monahan, William
    Fishpond construction in Hawaii started about 1,000 years ago and reached its zenith in the early 19th-century. The ravages of great waves and storms combined with the decline of the native population left most of the ancient ponds unused by the end of the 19th-century. Today, however, there is an opportunity to revitalize these ponds and perhaps to make them productive, profitable, and culturally rewarding once again. Fishpond production has the potential to be the largest component of Hawaiian aquaculture. An economic model of fishpond production is developed. Fishpond aquaculture is shown to be profitable in some circumstances.
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    The Economics of Commercial Wetland Taro Production in Hawaii
    (University of Hawaii, 1994-04) Fleming, Kent
    Taro is an important staple throughout the world, but taro, and especially wetland taro, is a particularly important crop in Hawaii because of the long historical tradition of growing taro in Hawaii and because of the deep Hawaiian cultural associations with the plant. The demand for taro in Hawaii exceeds the domestic supply, and there appears to be growth potential for the industry. However, the economics of this crop are as complicated as those of any other agribusiness enterprise. An economic model of wetland taro production for poi processing is developed in order to estimate typical and specific economic profitability. An analysis of the break-even price and yield and an analysis of the value of and return to various productive resources helps one to interpret the cost of production results. No attempt is made to quantify other positive attributes of wetland taro production, such as the crop's significant cultural and historical importance.
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    The Economics of Commercial Banana Production in Hawaii
    (University of Hawaii, 1994-05) Fleming, Kent
    Commercial banana production in Hawaii is primarily organized to supply the Cavendish-type banana, and all banana imports are of the Cavendish-type. The Hawaii banana industry currently supplies about one-half of the Hawaii market, but Hawaii could become self-sufficient with relatively little expansion if banana production were profitable. An economic model of Hawaii banana production is developed from which one can derive estimates of typical and specific economic profitability and consider various production, marketing, and policy scenarios. An analysis of the break-even price and yield and an analysis of the return to productive resources, help one interpret the cost of production results.
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    Factors Affecting Development of a Tea Industry in Hawaii
    (University of Hawaii, 2004-08) Shehata, Sabry ; Cox, Linda J. ; Fujii, Jack K. ; Dickson, Carol Anne
    This publication provides a brief summary of the production and consumption of tea worldwide. It focuses in particular on the U.S. mainland and Hawaii markets so as to provide a relevant market overview. Results of a survey of Hawaii consumers are presented to identify the characteristics of one of the market segments that could be targeted by a high-value tea product. We also summarize implications of the information presented and suggest specific steps needed to assess the economic feasibility of commercial tea production in Hawaii.
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    Economics of Ginger Root Production in Hawaii
    (University of Hawaii, 1998-12) Fleming, Kent ; Sato, Dwight
    This publication examines the economics of producing ginger root (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) in Hawaii’s major ginger growing area, the eastern half of the Big Island. The economic analysis is based on a computer spreadsheet budget for managing a ginger root enterprise and uses information gathered from knowledgeable growers and packers and from research and extension faculty and publications of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaii at Manoa. The production data used in the model are typical for a small ginger root farm in the late 1990s.
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    Production Costs of Selected Vegetable Crops in Hawaii (Cabbage, Cucumber, Green Onion, and Lettuce)
    (University of Hawaii, 1999-11) Peterson, Aaron R. ; Sharma, Khem R. ; Nakamoto, Stuart T. ; Leung, PingSun
    Costs of production were surveyed for Chinese cabbage, head cabbage, cucumber, green onion, baby lettuce, and lettuce with the participation of farmers on Oahu and Maui. The survey was done between fall 1998 and spring 1999.
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    The Economics of Producing Coffee in Kona
    (University of Hawaii, 1998-07) Fleming, Kent D. ; Bittenbender, H.C. ; Smith, Virginia Easton
    This analysis examines the economics of producing coffee cherry in Kona. It is based on a computer-spreadsheet economic budget for managing a mature orchard using information gathered from many knowledgeable growers, from agribusiness firms, and from the University of Hawaii-Manoa faculty and Kona Experiment Station farm manager. The production information is typical for a 4-acre Kona coffee farm in the late 1990s.
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    The Economics of Producing Grafted Coffee Plants
    (University of Hawaii, 2001-03) Fleming, Kent ; Mauri, Silvia
    Eighty-five percent of the land planted with coffee in Kona is infested with the Kona coffee root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne konaensis. Nematodes even in low numbers are very damaging to coffee tree roots, and it is estimated that infested farms are losing about 60 percent of their yield potential. Nematicides are relatively ineffective in the soil conditions of Kona. CTAHR researchers have recommended use of a nematode-resistant rootstock known as Coffea dewevrei. The cost of producing field-ready grafted coffee nursery stock is calculated using an economic model of the production process. Understanding the cost of producing grafted plants will help producers determine whether it is more cost-effective to purchase grafted nursery stock or to produce their own grafted plants, or whether it is profitable to produce grafted coffee plants for sale to other coffee growers.
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    Value-Added Strategies: Taking Agricultural Products to the Next Level
    (University of Hawaii, 2005-02) Fleming, Kent
    “Value-added” is simply the act of adding value to a product, whether you have grown the initial product or not. For farmers, value-added has a particular importance in that it offers a strategy for transforming an unprofitable enterprise into a profitable one.