Ag survey reports nearly $28M in damages caused by eruption

HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Independent papaya grower Justin Manuel leans against a Komatsu dozer that he is using to clear new land to grow papayas Thursday in Nanawale Estates.

Less than 50 Big Island farmers reported nearly $28 million in total agricultural damages in a survey of farmers affected by the Kilauea eruption published last week.