GREEN MACHINE: Burnie commercial industrial hemp farmer for the past decade, Ian Chamley, said changes must be made so that Australia did not remain one of the few western countries to prohibit the food consumption of industrial hemp products. Picture: Grant Wells.
TRIALS of growing industrial hemp varieties have been hailed a success and the North-West is ideally suited to growing the crop, according to the state’s peak farming body which is lobbying the State Government over the matter.
Some of the hemp, part of six Tasmanian farm trials including properties in Burnie and Deloraine and involving a range of varieties, has been harvested and might be exported to process products such as oils and clothing.
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief executive Jan Davis said state MPs seemed receptive to calls to relax legislation to encourage an industrial hemp industry in Tasmania, adding it had the potential to become “a major export product”.