Crop damage assessment underway on Big Island

Crop damage assessment underway on Big Island

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Farmers on the Big Island are assessing damage to crops after Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall last weekend.

Richard Ha is president of the Hamakua Springs Country Farms. He tells the Hawaii Tribune-Herald the papaya farmers took the brunt of the damage on the Big Island. He estimated losses to be about $53 million.

Ha said the banana crop wasn't affected as much because it's at a higher elevation.

Coffee and macadamia nut growers on the southern end of the island also had damage. Ka'u Farms Management estimates it lost about 1,000 coffee trees and another 2,000 macadamia nut trees. On the eastern side of the island, the storm impacted ornamental flower growers.

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