THE GARDEN ISLAND
/ August 27, 2016 /
There could be more land available for diversified agriculture on Kauai’s Westside if a Syngenta request to withdraw 847 acres of land from what they lease from the state is approved.
If granted, the request would bring the total amount of land leased from various owners on the Westside down to roughly 2,300 acres.
“Our request was based on a projection of our operational needs for acreage for the next few years,” said Syngenta spokeswoman Beth Tokioka. “We’ve made some adjustments to be more efficident, resulting in a reduction.”
Syngenta has a lease with the state on their land through 2027.
Scott Enright, member of the board of directors for the Agribusiness Development Corporation, said the board deferred making a ruling on the request when it came up in their Wednesday meeting because Syngenta representation wasn’t present.
“They’re giving up a significant piece,” Enright said. “They’ve got another 10 years left and they’re asking to give it up early, so I thought the board should hear what the business strategy is going forward.”
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