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TAS Country : February 2nd 2012
6 Tasmanian Country Friday, February 3, 2012 Your Say Time to follow Kiwi lead IN response to Jim Nelson and his negative com- ments (Tasmanian Country, January 20) towards growing hemp ---fibre or seed --- in Tas- mania. His memory is selective at best on American at- tempts to grow hemp in the early 1900s. Firstly, tractors at the time were by modern stan- dards slow and inefficient, as were the implements used in arable cultivations. Secondly, there were no agricultural chemicals herbicides or sprayers to clean crops or control reg- rowth. Thirdly, there were few farmers! The banks had repossessed huge numbers of farms due to the great depression. This allowed all manner of farm crops to re-seed and spread as weeds. How do you suppose New Zealand has a thriv- ing flax-hemp industry? I would think the Kiwis are just as proud of their land as Tasmanians are of Tas- sie!A vibrant hemp indus- try in Tasmania could pro- vide employment in har- vesting and down stream processing, a useful break crop for Midlands irri- gators on difficult soils and extra money in the econ- omy which filters down to every shop keeper and agricultural business in the state. R Sampson Kindred Industrial hemp crop has Buckley's chance JAN Davis and the TFGA might as well hit their collective heads against brick walls. The result is the same as trying to talk sense to any government of any persuasion (one big headache). There is absolutely Buckley's chance indus- trial hemp will ever be a productive, successful crop anywhere in the world, let alone Tasmania. Multinational synthetic fibre companies (not to mention any names) will never allow it. Delve a little deeper to find out who was behind hemp getting banned in the first place. Mark Taylor Mt Seymour HARD LIFE: Farming is no easy task. Offensive to intelligence CARBON tax scam, now this. Sixteen years ago when we came here from New Zealand, we bought Temma farm, 1416ha (3500 acres) of beautiful prime land. We planted 80.9ha (200 acres) yearly for four years as a development tool be- fore putting land into new grass. Back then, farmers were being harassed to take les- ser prices for their prod- uct, in this case potatoes. It is still happening today. The farmers pay rates, fertiliser and mortgage costs on the land for many. The machinery they use is expensive and there are staff costs. Also weather conditions are not always favourable. They take the risks and are treated in a derogatory way. It makes me angry. I see that TFGA CEO Jan Davis has the same sentiments. Farmers are the pro- ducers of our life substance food and don't need to be pulled down and told by so- called experts on fat salaries, to be more com- petitive and do a better job. I don't think costs are fairly spread and I will let you work out who are riding on the farmers' backs. It's time this stopped. Even government politics is full of manipulation and they think we are dumb. I find it offensive to my intelligence and, most of all, to the farmers' intelligence. Maida Innes-Smith Smithton
January 26th 2012
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