by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Guam Legislature was packed this morning with local farmers testifying in support of Bill 239. The legislation would appropriate $256,000 from the General Fund to the University of Guam to fund the local portion of the startup plan of the Farmer's Cooperative Association of Guam.
With 95% of all fresh fruits and vegetables imported into Guam, Department of Agriculture Acting Director Joaquin Naputi testified in support of the legislation, saying, "With a centralized Farmer's Co-Op, we can now realize greater production levels thus creating greater profits for the farmers of Guam."
Naputi added that with plans to partner with the hotel industry it will provide market sustainability. Furthermore by lessening the amount of fruits and vegetables being imported to Guam because they would be grown locally it would address biosecurity-type concerns.