DataFile for Sunday — February 12, 2006

  • The amount of taro harvested for poi production last year was

    down 22 percent compared to 2004’s harvests, according to

    statistics from the state Department of Agriculture. Most of the

    state’s taro for poi is grown in Hanalei Valley. Last year, just

    3,900,000 pounds of taro was harvested for poi, down from 5,000,000

    pounds the year before, and way down from the five-year average of

    5,609,000 pounds each year for the years 2000 to 2004. State

    officials offered no explanation as to why the harvest decreased

    last year.

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