Plans to make the Whitmore area in North O`ahu the island’s agricultural hub — complete with processing facilities, an agribusiness-technology park, and thousands of acres of farmland — are quickly coming together, at least when it comes to acquiring land. But developing the system of wells, reservoirs, pipes and ditches necessary to provide sufficient water to irrigate those lands is going to take some time and, according to a state consultant, could cost around $11 million.
Since 2012, when the state acquired 1,700 acres of farmland in North O`ahu from the former Galbraith Estate for $25 . . .
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