The Margaret River Hemp Processing facility has begun processing domestically grown hemp crops into supplies for the constructing, textile and different industries.
Margaret River is a city of some 6,400 individuals located round 270 kilometres by street south of Perth. Whereas already recognized for craft breweries and wineries within the area, a brand new trade is being established – hemp.
The primary facility of its kind in Western Australia and probably the primary in Australia, establishing the Margaret River Hemp Processing has been supported by $399,000 from the McGowan Authorities’s Worth Add Agribusiness Funding Attraction Fund and Industrial Hemp Grants Scheme.
“The Margaret River Hemp Processing facility is up and operating, opening up a brand new and job-creating trade for the South-West,” said WA Agriculture and Meals Minister Alannah MacTiernan. “Native processing is crucial to drive the rising hemp trade within the South-West – it makes hemp a extra beneficial cropping possibility.”
The ability will probably be producing giant and small hurd chips, fines, and dew retted and un-retted fibre.
The hurd – the woody core of the stem of hemp crops – can be utilized for hempcrete masonry, animal bedding and mulch merchandise. House owners of the processing facility, Gary Rogers and David Campbell, have already constructed the primary hempcrete house to utilise totally domestically grown and processed hemp. The hemp fibre produced on the facility can be utilized for a variety of merchandise together with insulation and mattress padding.
You possibly can study extra about how hemp fibre is produced here.
From meals to gasoline to textiles and medicine, hemp is arguably the world’s most versatile crop – and it’s nice to see the Western Australian authorities persevering with to help the fledgling trade.
Western Australia’s hemp trade is regulated beneath the state’s Industrial Hemp Act 2004. Licenced farmers are in a position to develop the crop, however the leaves and flowering heads can’t comprise greater than 1.0% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an intoxicating cannabinoid. This offers WA hemp farmers considerably of an edge over these in some jurisdictions the place the THC threshold is much decrease, permitting a better alternative of cultivars.