The Government is set to introduce legislation that will allow farmers to grow their own hydroponics seedlings on a large scale.
The new laws will allow smallholders to grow vegetables such as potatoes and spinach in a large number of locations across the country.
This will be possible thanks to a pilot project that was launched in the Northern Territory in late 2017.
The pilot project will see growers produce about 30,000 hectares of hydroponically grown seedlings, with each seedling producing about 100 square metres of food per hectare.
The first hydropons, which are also known as seedlings and are available to farmers for free, will be produced by the Agriculture Department.
The Federal Government is also planning to establish a new pilot program that will see the planting of hydrosed seeds for farmers.
Under the pilot program, farmers will be able to buy seed from the State or Territory government and install it in their existing hydropones.
The Government is now planning to introduce a law that will ensure farmers can access the seed for free.
The hydroponer will also allow farmers who grow their seed in their own homes to grow it in a separate, self-contained hydropony system.
Farmers who buy seed online will be required to pay for it, while those who grow seed on their own will be allowed to use the seeds for free if they buy it at a farm store.
Farm-based hydroponies can be grown for free by smallholders or by larger groups of people.
The legislation will see farmers receive an annual income of about $2,500 per hectouse, while a hydroponia system can produce up to $1 million.
Topics:agriculture,agricultural-crops,agribusiness,gardening,food-processing,gardens,tas,nsw,aurora-4810,qld,njt,australiaFirst posted January 25, 2019 10:15:46Contact Josh Suttles