Farmers gather to learn about recovery resources


From papayas, to macadamia nut trees, to coffee, farmers say they are hurting.

Farmers on the Big Island are seeking help after Iselle damaged their crops.

They attended a meeting in Kea’au on Tuesday to learn more about the resources available that could help them recover some of their losses.

60 percent of the industry got hit. 60 percent of the production got affected. Iselle hit Puna pretty bad. Many farmers live there and farm in that district and the aftermath is pretty devastating. A lot of the trees got snapped in half. There are cases of the entire field, 90 percent of the field just being blown down,” Hawaii Papaya Industry Association President Ross Sibucao said.

The President of the Hawaii Papaya Industry Association says it could take two to three years to get back to production levels prior to Iselle.

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