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New South Wales: Agriculture Dept seeking people for industrial hemp trials

Posted on March 13, 2000

By Australian Associated Press

Sydney, Australia — If you are an avid hemp enthusiast with a green thumb, then New South Wales Agriculture may have the perfect job for you.

New South Wales Agriculture is looking for people who want to partake in a legal trial growing quality hemp next spring.

The catch? The crop will be industrial fibre hemp, rather than the type usually sought by smokers wanting to get high.

New South Wales Agriculture program manager Dr Richard Spurway said the government had approved more than 30 hemp research trials since 1995, under the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act.

One of the conditions of the trial is the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of the plants involved must not exceed 0.3 per cent, he said.

Previous trials had shown the currently available types of industrial hemp, such as Kompolti and Futura, were not well adapted to any of the conditions tested in New South Wales, he said.

“Yields of stems of these varieties have rarely exceeded five tonnes per hectare in the New South Wales trials,” Dr Spurway said in a statement.

“However, in northern Europe and Tasmania, yields are usually in the range of 10 to 15 tonnes per hectare.”

Expressions of interest for the trials close on Friday, April 29, 2000.

Application forms are available by telephoning New South Wales Agriculture on 02 6391 3224.

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