Completed Project Report


Sustainable Hawaii Avocado Production for Market Expansion

  • Award Amount: $27,899
  • Regional Center: Western Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2017 Education Projects
  • Project Director: Alyssa Cho
  • Email: acho@hawaii.edu
  • Organization: University of Hawaii Office of Research Services

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Project Overview


This project addressed the production and economic risks associated with product diversification of avocado growers in Hawaii. In the 1980s, ‘Sharwil’ avocado was approved for export to the mainland U.S. from Hawaii, however, a shipment that arrived with fruit fly quickly ended the program. In 2013, the ‘Sharwil’ export program re-opened with a strict set of compliance agreements from the USDA-APHIS for growers and packinghouses. One component of the grower compliance agreement is that avocados must be of the ‘Sharwil’ variety.

To ensure that growers are only harvesting ‘Sharwil’ avocados, they must have detailed and accurate records of their source material to verify their produce is the correct variety for legal purposes and to maintain a consistent and quality product reaching mainland U.S. markets.

This project educated growers on the compliance agreement, grafting from known source material, record-keeping, and the tools and skills needed to graft avocado. This information and skills were delivered through 4 hands-on workshops reaching 66 grower participants. Upon completion of the workshop, growers had the skills and materials needed to graft and plant 4 ‘Sharwil’ avocado trees each. Four months after the workshop, we received reports that half of respondents (7/14) had successfully grafted ‘Sharwil’ trees.

Number of Participants: 66

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