Tour to grow hemp industry

Augusta Margaret River Times
DPIRD hemp research scientist Shahajahan Miyan, WA Hemp growers' Co-op executive officer Gail Stubbes and Wortkool Workwear directors Della Rae Morrison and Jennie Olszewski inspecting a hemp trial site last month.
Camera IconDPIRD hemp research scientist Shahajahan Miyan, WA Hemp growers' Co-op executive officer Gail Stubbes and Wortkool Workwear directors Della Rae Morrison and Jennie Olszewski inspecting a hemp trial site last month. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

Hemp experts will tour Margaret River and the South West today as part of the annual iHemp conference, which has its roots in the region.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development hemp research scientist Shahajahan Miyan will lead delegates on an inspection of irrigated hemp crops sown in November.

The conference focuses on growing WA’s industrial and medicinal hemp industry, with Margaret River already home to startups and earmarked as a major growth area.

“Seed for this trial was sourced from the WA Hemp Growers Co-operative, with six seed varieties being examined, originally bred in Canada, China and France,” Mr Miyan said.

The tour will also take in Nannup and Manjimup.

Delegates will also visit Total Hemp Company at the Barrabup Sanctuary home of iHemp co-founder Glenn Ossy-Orley.

“Given adequate space, sun, water and nutrientsm the hemp plant can grow wide and bushy as well as tall,” Mr Ossy-Orley said.

“The trellis infrastructure provides necessary support for the big plants and in turn we receive a greater yield.” After lunch in Margaret River, the tour will visit the sustainable hemp-based house at Sativa Sanctuary Forest View.

More than 400 delegates are expected at the Fremantle-based conference.

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