Mahi Pono has planted its first papaya crop in its efforts towards the company’s goal of “Growing Maui’s Food Future.” The crop is located about a 400 m away from the company’s first row crop planting of potatoes which went in the ground on 16 ha in August. In addition to potatoes and papayas, the company’s 2019 crop plan includes avocados, papayas, oranges, lemons, limes, coffee and macadamia nuts.
The first papayas were planted on Halloween Day, Oct. 31, with plans to plant up to 10,000 trees on a total of 6 to 7.5 ha.
Darren Strand, General Manager of Farming Operations for Mahi Pono said, “We are working hard to replace imports and take strides towards better food security. It will be a proud moment for me when my kids come home from school and talk about eating Mahi Pono grown fruits and vegetables.”