Industrial hemp seminar held in Darwin


On 6 May 2020, the Northern Territory’s (NT) Hemp Industry Act 2019 and associated regulations came into effect allowing for the production of low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis species, known as industrial cannabis or industrial hemp.

Industrial hemp can be used for food, fibre and seed production and the NT Government is researching industrial hemp cultivation under NT conditions.

Recently, an industrial hemp seminar featuring a presentation from Dr David McNeil, Principal Research Scientist, Western Australia (WA) Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, was held at Berrimah Farm.

Providing lessons from industrial hemp trials research in WA, Dr McNeil, discussed how the research may be applicable to cultivation in the NT. “Critical issues in developing a hemp enterprise have included variety selection, agronomy and product use, development and marketing” said Dr McNeil.

Luke Bowan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Agriculture and Fisheries, Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade said “to grow our economy, we need to diversify our economy – and expanding into the exciting sector of industrial hemp does just that.”

Find out more about the hemp industry in the NT.

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