Hemp crops to come to NT, but won’t get you high

by | May 6, 2020 | News | 0 comments

The introduction of the Hemp Industry Act has opened the door for the Territory’s farm sector to grow an innovative new crop which can provide food, fibre and seed production, according to Primary Industry and Resources Minister Paul Kirby.

The new act provides the Territory with the legislative framework for the regulation of low delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Cannabis species, which contains less than or equal to one per cent THC content. 

Industrial hemp plants differ from regular hemp species in that they contain very low levels of THC, and if consumed, foods and other products made from industrial hemp have no psycho-active effects on people.

Under the legislation the possession, cultivation, supply, processing and research of industrial hemp is permitted, according to Mr Kirby.

“Opening the door for our farmers to grow an emerging and exciting crop as industrial hemp is a great milestone,” he said.

NT Farmers Association CEO Paul Burke said the association would work with interested producers to make this new opportunity a reality.

“Hemp will prove an excellent crop in the Northern Australia setting and will diversify opportunities for broad-acre cropping,” he said.

The ability to plant two crops for Territory farms each dry season increases the potential return to farmers, with hemp grain currently garnering a farm-gate price of around $3,000 per tonne.

Industrial hemp is cultivated for seed and fibre production, and has many uses, including in the manufacture of textiles, rope and paper. It is a highly nutritious food source, and can be a value-add in products such as soap, lotion and shampoo.

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