Niche crops have plenty of po­ten­tial

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

CHIA seeds, bam­boo and hemp have been ear­marked as po­ten­tial hot crops for the Monto area.

“There are end­less op­por­tu­ni­ties with the chang­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, beauty prod­uct and al­ter­na­tive health mar­ket,” Dolores Fowler said, af­ter a farm­ers’ meet­ing last week.

“Mixed farm­ing is the way to go.

“It means if one crop is not mak­ing money you have oth­ers to fall back on.”

But di­ver­si­fy­ing from the tried and trusted mod­els of broad­acre farm­ing will re­quire ex­perts to help guide new­com­ers into th­ese niche in­dus­tries, Mrs Fowler says.

“If more gov­ern­ment de­part­ments were will­ing to de­cen­tralise and set up out here in our re­gion, they could pro­vide our farm­ers with the knowl­edge and con­fi­dence to try out some of th­ese crops.”

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