Poppy crop doubles production in NSW
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.