Australian Hemp Masonry Pty Ltd works with farmers to encourage improved management of Australian farms through sustainable hemp farming. As industrial hemp fibre crops are planted at high densities, the plants which compete for light drop the majority of their leaves, adding a rich source of nitrogen to the soil. The plants’ long taproot and the stubble left after harvesting also enrich the soil for subsequent crops. According to UK research a fibre crop will contribute 1 tonne of soil carbon per hectare.
Although not an environmentally impact-free crop, research at Lund University in Sweden in 2005 concluded that hemp has lower environmental impacts than most alternatives crops or competing raw materials. As a renewable resource it can offset emissions and reduce stress on depleting non-renewable resources.
Agronomically, hemp can reduce fertilizer and pesticide use, improve soil aeration and reduce soil loss or erosion due to its extensive root system and it is a good rotational crop (Roulac, 1997). Overall, hemp places less stress on the surrounding environment than most alternatives, and this will be improved with advances in harvesting technology and breeding.
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Commercial Industrial Hemp Licences
Find out about the conditions that apply to licences see the following links.
- New South Wales
- Western Australia