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9/17/2015

PictureFrank Cruz shows papaya seedlings at his Dededo farm in September 2014. (Photo: PDN file)

Pacific Daily News
Shawn Raymundo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

​Sen. Rory Respicio, D-Agana Heights, on Wednesday led a round-table meeting with government officials, local farmers and other senators to discuss his recent measure that could potentially ramp up fruit and vegetable production on island.

Respicio introduced Bill 171-33 in response to former Vice Speaker Ted Nelson’s recent comments that a 1995 statute he sponsored regarding government procurement of produce wasn’t being followed.

9/13/2015

Marianas Variety
BY ROBERT Q. TUPAZ | POST NEWS STAFF

​The Guam Department of Agriculture has lauded the introduction of legislation that would require quarterly collection of data on the import of fresh produce and fish as well as on government procurement of local produce.

Agriculture Director Matthew Sablan released a statement in support of Bill 171-33 which was introduced by Sen. Rory J. Respicio. "This bill will provide a valuable resource that will help farmers and fishermen in developing effective policies to boost local agricultural production," Sablan said.

9/10/2015

Peppers and other produce line the counters of the Guam Farmers' Cooperative as volunteer Aleta San Nicolas staffs its booth during the May Harvest Festival at the Department of Agriculture in May 2012. (Photo: Rick Cruz/PDN, Rick Cruz/Pacific Daily News)

Pacific Daily News
Shawn Raymundo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New legislation from Sen. Rory Respicio, D-Agana Heights, urges the government to buy local produce, potentially boosting production and sales for local farmers.

If enacted, Bill 171-33 would require the Bureau of Statistics and Plans to post quarterly reports that track how much produce is imported to Guam. The reports would break down the various types of produce relative to how much of each product is brought in.