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Parliamentary Questions


Question Without Notice No. 1131 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 November 2022 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

INDUSTRIAL HEMP

1131. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the Minister for Agriculture and Food:

I refer to industrial hemp licences issued by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

(1) How many industrial hemp licences issued by DPIRD are current?

(2) How many of those licence holders are currently growing industrial hemp crops?

Hon DARREN WEST replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. On behalf of the Minister for Agriculture and Food, I provide the following answer, which was accurate on Thursday, 27 October 2022 when this question was submitted.

(1) There are 69.

(2) In 2021–22, there were 26 licensees cultivating industrial hemp crops. It is very early in the 2022–23 season, and so far the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has received five notifications of planting.