Hemp plantings on the way
More than 20 WA farmers from Albany to Kalbarri will plant hemp crops in coming weeks after importing nine tonnes of certified seed from France.
The seed was imported from Hempit in France by the WA Hemp Growers Co-operative, which formed in April to support licensed growers and processors in building a sustainable hemp industry in WA.
HempGro executive officer Gail Stubber estimates 120ha of co-operative members’ crops will go in the ground in coming weeks, with some farmers having started plantings at the weekend. In addition to crops planted by HempGro members, more hemp is being planted, including 60ha at Manjimup and another large crop near Esperance.
Ms Stubber said the crops would be ready for harvest in March.
The Industrial Hemp Grants Scheme will provide individual grants for research into new varieties suitable for WA conditions and opportunities for processing industrial hemp, development of major infrastructure and to explore market opportunities for industrial hemp products.
Applications close on November 30.