Money Boost to North-East For Industrial Crop Growing

Short, Wendy
April 2003
Farmers Weekly;4/4/2003, Vol. 138 Issue 13, p10
Trade Publication
The industrial crops market has been given a £300,000 boost by DEFRA, which aims to encourage 400 farmers in the north-east of England to grow crambe and hemp. The money, channeled through Rural Enterprise Schemes, will fund a team of six specialist advisers on crambe-grown for its oil for plastics, cosmetics and mineral oil replacements-and the fibre yielding crop hemp. These advisers will be employed by Clifford Spencer at Springdale Farms, Rudstone, Driffield, East Yorks in England. Spencer claimed that growers could achieve average gross margins for crambe of £450-£470/ha .


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