Farmers in the Northern Territory could be growing hemp as early as next year after the passing of the Gunner Labor Government’s Hemp Industry Bill last week.

The Bill, which was introduced in May, legalises growing and processing industrial hemp for food, fibre and seed production purposes in the Territory and creates the required regulatory framework.

“The development of this industry is a real green shoot for the jobs and export economy here in the Northern Territory – diversifying our economy and creating local jobs,” said Minster for Primary Industries and Resources, Paul Kirby. “As an emerging superfood with many other uses, this industry will develop and grow as soon as next year, seeing our pastoralists given a new opportunity to diversity their crop offerings here in the Territory.”

The government believes the Territory has an advantage in Australia, in that it could supply seed to other states and territories as its crops…

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