From the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
A boom in the shipments of Hawaii avocados is expected
KAILUA-KONA >> Shipments of Sharwil avocados from Hawaii and their resulting profits could expand exponentially in coming years, industry officials said.And that boys and girls is how commodities work. Supply/demand.
Hawaii’s avocado industry opened in earnest in early December with weekly shipments of about 3,000 pounds of avocados to two Seattle-based wholesale produce companies, West Hawaii Today reported.
Shipments of that size, which nearly reach the capacity of the state’s only avocado-packing facility, are expected to continue through March.
“The potential is unreal,” said Billy Wakefield, a board member of the Hawaii Avocado Association. “Ultimately, hundreds of acres could be sent to the mainland very easily.”
The trees on each acre could potentially produce about 5,000 pounds of avocados each year, Wakefield said.
Hawaii avocados were first shipped to Alaska in 1987, and the fruit started to get sent to the mainland U.S. without restrictions by 1989, said Mike Scharf, officer in charge for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in West Hawaii.
The shipments stopped in 1992 over concerns about fruit flies spreading from Hawaii to the continental U.S....MORE