Grants for development disease-resistant tropical flowers

In Hawai’i Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa have introduced the State Assistance for Tropical Floriculture Research Act of 2018 to support floriculture research and development in Hawai’i and across the US. The bill would authorize grants up to $250,000 annually for selected states to research and develop new and disease-resistant varieties of tropical flowers.
Big Island Now quotes Tulsi Gabbard who said that the global floriculture market is becoming increasingly competitive. “We must support and empower our local growers. We also must ensure that our unique flora is protected from invasive species, diseases, and other threats. Our legislation will create opportunities for Hawai’i to lead the nation in floriculture research and development now, and for years to come.”