In Hemp Politics, Environment Minister Steve Luce is rallying for Jersey farmers to grow more than just Jersey Royals, a type of potato grown in Jersey which has a Protected Designation of Origin. He wants to see farmers vary their crops to help sustain the soil and local economy.
A hemp crop was grown this year as a trial, to see how well it could grow in the area. It was a successful crop, and the Environment Department hopes this will result in more hemp being grown next year.
Planting hemp on Jersey Island will help to sustain the farmland by replenishing the soil, improving the water quality, and limiting the amount of fertilisers and pesticides.
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