Medicinal cannabis recently became legal across the country and local canegrower groups are keen for growers to jump on the marijuana bandwagon.
Historic legislation was passed in federal parliament two weeks ago allowing medicinal cannabis to be grown throughout Australia, offering pain relief for people suffering from serious illnesses as well as helping with scientific research.
Regulations are still to be put in place regarding the cannabis growing, but many Burdekin farmers have already expressed their interest.
Canegrowers Burdekin general manager Debra Burden has urged local farmers to consider the crop saying she was always keen to look at alternative options for growers especially given the current situation between Wilmar and growers.
“We are always looking at options for our growers that will be both profitable and sustainable,” she said.
“Although we are predominantly a sugarcane group, we are always encouraging growers to look at alternative crops.
“Wilmar have cancelled our growers cane supply contracts as of the end of this year, so growers are therefore off contract and have the ability to look for alternate options.”
Burdekin MP Dale Last also pushed for growers to look into the crop, stating in the Burdekin Canegrowers newsletter that the region is ideally situated to capitalise.
Source – Townsville Bulletin