The Banana in Hawaii

  • Authors : Higgins, J.E.

  • Document type : Journal article

  • Year of publication : 1904

  • Journal title : Hawaii Agricultural Experiment Station, Bulletin

  • Number : 7

  • Pages : 1-53

  • Peer-reviewed : No

  • ISSN : 0073-098X

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : The people of the United States consumed over seven million dollars' worth of imported bananas in the year 1902. Each year the importations are increasing and at the rate of nearly a million dollars per annum in value. The West India Bulletin states that in the height of the season, upwards of twenty steamers per week leave Jamaica alone laden chiefly with bananas for the markets of the United States. Comment is unnecessary upon what this trade has done for Jamaica, particularly since the decline in the sugar industry. Banana growing is to-day one of the most profitable industries in that island, not with standing the fact that tornadoes sometimes destroy whole fields. Further, the indirect influence, which this trade has had upon tourist travel, cannot be easily estimated. The frequent passage of steamers has attracted thousands of people to the West Indies to spend the winter. Why should not the Hawaiian Islands take some more considerable part in this large and increasing industry and commerce? This is a question worthy of careful. Consideration. This Territory possesses soils and climate admirably adapted to the growth of bananas. It also is free from tornadoes, the grower thus avoiding the great losses that come to planters in some other countries. A great market, on the Pacific slope of the main land of our own country is at outdoors. Renewed activity in banana growing has already begun and the product will probably be doubled during the present year. This has given rise to a demand for information regarding the care, cultivation and management of a banana plantation. The following pages, containing the results or experience here and in other tropical countries, are given in the hope of meeting this need. (Author's abstract).


  • Open access : Yes

  • Document on publisher's site : open View article on publisher's site

  • Musalit document ID : IN100023

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