ABC news Australia reports…
Mr Grout said they were currently growing some of the first commercial crops bred for a Queensland climate, and once the seeds were harvested they would distribute them to growers in their network.
“What we need to do is get farmers on board who are looking for an alternative crop, educate them in the value that hemp can bring to them, whether it’s for a rotational crop or whether it’s for a higher margin,” he said.
“We’ve built a contract farming model around primary production, focused on getting farmers involved.
“We have built standard operating procedures for them to follow — pretty much a guide for growing.”
Mr Grout said he was hoping to create a sustainable supply chain on home soil without the need to rely on imported seed and grain.
“We saw a commodity that was not being capitalised on in Australia, yet everywhere else in the world it was being grown predominantly for food, cosmetic and beverage products,” he said.
“With every embryotic commodity industry, there needs to be a viable, consistent and proven seed supply.”