A Top End hay producer has actually been granted the Northern Territory’s very first commercial licence to grow industrial hemp.
- A hay and seed grower has actually been granted the NT’s very first industrial hemp growing license
- Michael Jakobi thinks hemp will work well alongside his fodder crops
- The NT is the last jurisdiction in Australia to allow the industrial production of industrial hemp
Michael Jakobi stated he prepared to trial hemp across 5 hectares in the Douglas Daly region, around 200 kilometres south of Darwin.
He stated he wished to have seeds in the ground prior to the end of the year in order to be collecting by April.
” No doubt there’ll be some challenges that we’ll have to get rid of … and that’ll be part of working out the formula to make it a future success.”
Mr Jakobi has actually partnered with hemp manufacturers from Queensland who have assisted him select 2 tropical hemp ranges that ought to match the area.
” It’s a crop that’s been attempted in various regions throughout Australia with varying levels of success,” he stated.
” We understand what the agricultural history is like in the NT, so to discover a good fit for us is essential.”
Mr Jakobi stated hemp must likewise be a great rotational fit with his existing hay and seed crops.
Some big opportunities for remote NT
Mr Jakobi stated he was delighted by the versatility of commercial hemp but confessed he had no plans yet on where to sell his very first crop.
He stated long-lasting there were some great opportunities for offering hemp seed for foodstuff and he was enthusiastic about the possibilities for hemp fiber.
” Part of what truly excites me about hemp is that we could ultimately grow this crop in remote locations, procedure it in your area, and develop homes in Indigenous neighborhoods with an item that was produced on their land,” he stated.
The NT Government made it legal to grow commercial hemp in August 2019 however growers have just had the ability to look for licences because May this year.
NT Minister for Agribusiness Nicole Manison hoped more growers would take up industrial hemp licences which would cause diversification of the economy.
“ Hemp can be utilized for food, it can be utilized for clothes, it can be used for cosmetics, it can be used for structure items,” she stated.
” This is an actually important part of this Federal government’s work to diversify the agribusiness sector to develop more chance and more tasks in the NT.”
ABC Rural comprehends the owners of Aileron Station still intend on growing industrial hemp in Central Australia but are waiting on some Federal government approvals prior to they can continue with trials.