Report on the Agricultural Resources and Capabilities of Hawaii

Report on the Agricultural Resources and Capabilities of Hawaii

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...Para rubber, one of the best rubber-producing trees, and adapted to open forests; cardamom spice (Mettaria cardamomum), producing the highest-priced spice and adapted to elevations of 400 to 2,500 feet, and nutmegs (Mytistica fragrans), suited to the moist climate of Hilo, Puna, and Kona districts of the island of Hawaii. SUGAR. The dominant crop of Hawaii is sugar. Everybodr is interested in it dh-ectly or indirectly. It dwarfs and belittles ever' other agricultural crop grown upon soils capable of yielding sugar cane. Every attempt hitherto to establish a colony of farmers in one community has eventuated in a sugar estate. As long as the present prices of sugar are. maintained it is extremely doubtful whether farming as practiced in the States will ever become permanent or popular on the islands. Wherever diversified farming can be carried on, there, perhaps, sugar cane can be grown at a greater profit than most any other crop; and as there are mills in almost every part of the main islands which are ready and anxious to buy cane, the farmer is more than apt, on account of greater profit, to gradually gravitate to the exclusive cultivation of this crop. Few places in the island where cane can be grown at all will yield less than 30 to 40 tons per acre. The present price of cane per ton is $5 to $6, thus yielding a gross income of $150 to $240 per acre. Even deducting expenses of growing and harvesting, there will be left a net income per acre hardly possible to be obtained by any ordinary farm crop. As mentioned elsewhere, large portions of the Olaa coffee plantations have been transformed into sugar estates since the decline in the price of coffee. Sugar culture began on the islands over sixty years ago. In 1850 the product of sugar...
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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236842669
  • 9781236842664