Coffee bill in line to receive the ax

HONOLULU – Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Monday that he plans to veto a bill that would remove mandatory certification for Hawaii-grown coffee, a measure Kona coffee farmers said would be disastrous for the industry’s integrity and reputation. Abercrombie listed the bill as one of 19 he is considering vetoing from the 2012 legislative...

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Contract farming ‘exploitative’

Contract farming has put farmers at a disadvantage as they have to shoulder all the burdens of investment and losses, with lucrative profits going into the pockets of companies engaged in the system, a seminar has been told. Paisit Panitkul, a law lecturer at Chiang Mai University, said his study showed that contract farming...

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