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South Australia's emerging hemp industry forecast to be worth millions

South Australia's fledgling hemp industry could be worth $3 million annually within five years, government data shows.

The projections come as research finds the crop will grow "very successfully" in the state, and growers throughout the Riverland and South East are planting, or getting ready to plant, their first crops.

Research scientist Mark Skewes, from the Loxton Research Centre in the Riverland, has predicted positive results for SA's first growers based on preliminary trials.

"Certainly in terms of being able to grow hemp and produce good yields of quality seed, that's all looking promising," he said.

"Hemp will grow very successfully here.

 

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ABC NEWS 23/11/18