Poppy crop dou­bles pro­duc­tion in NSW

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

NSW com­mer­cial poppy pro­duc­tion is set to dou­ble in NSW this year, with up to 2000ha of pop­pies li­censed to be planted statewide.

Min­is­ter for Pri­mary In­dus­tries Niall Blair said strong growth in the sec­tor demon­strated that pop­pies can be safely and se­curely grown in NSW.

“This is only the sec­ond year that li­cences have been granted for the pro­duc­tion of pop­pies in NSW and growth in the in­dus­try re­flects more grow­ers and crops across the state, with ex­pan­sion into the North­ern Table­lands and within the Rive­rina,” Mr Blair said.

“The opi­ates ex­tracted from pop­pies are used in a range of medicines and the in­creased poppy pro­duc­tion strength­ens Aus­tralia’s po­si­tion as a reli­able sup­plier to the global phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try.”

Grow­ers have also shown vi­a­bil­ity as a break crop.

In 2017, the NSW Gov­ern­ment granted six cul­ti­va­tion li­cences in NSW. This year, 10 li­cences have been al­lo­cated. Pop­pies can­not be grown in NSW with­out a cul­ti­va­tion li­cence is­sued by the Gov­ern­ment and a valid con­tract with a li­censed pro­cess­ing com­pany.

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