The Hemp industry welcomed a government decision to extend its field trials by one year.
The original two-year trial period ended earlier this year and growers were pushing the government to provide approvals and a regulatory framework that would enable industrial hemp to be grown commercially.
The Hemp Industry Association’s chairman, Mac MacIntosh, says the extensiongives the primary production select committee more time to work on the legislation, and means the hemp research that is underway at Lincoln, Waikato and Massey can continue.
MacIntosh says the 19 licensed growers will start planting seed from September.
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Source: Global Hemp News vom 2003-07-28.