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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Northern Tas set for pilot poppy processor.

Northern Tas set for pilot poppy processor. 16/12/2005. ABC News Online

A new poppy processor is expects to have a pilot processing plant operational in northern Tasmania by next april.

TPI Enterprises expects to invest many millions of dollars in poppy processing, as a part of a three to five-year program.

The expansion comes at a time when Tasmania's poppy industry has been undergoing a contraction, driven by a world oversupply of opiates.

TPI Director Jarrod Ritchie says the company will use new extraction technology.

"We're very excited about some of our novel extraction techniques," he said.

"As part of our application, we've outlined that we will be doing an extraction and concentration step without the use of organic solvents."
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