Hemp plant­ings on the way

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS - Jenne Bram­mer

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.

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