Tasmanian opium poppy farming industry

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Opium poppies (Papaver somniferum) under cultivation in Tasmania

The Tasmanian opium poppy farming industry was established in Tasmania in 1966.[1][2]

Farms in Tasmania produce about 50%[3] of the world's licit poppy straw that is later refined into opiates such as morphine and codeine.[4]

Tasmanian Alkaloids is Tasmania's largest corporate grower of opium poppies.[5]

A downy mildew outbreak in the 2014 poppy-growing season led to one Tasmanian company to look into growing poppies in the Northern Territory and Victoria of Australia.[3]