About Us

Keith Rice, PGT Chief Executive with Dr Jason Scott, Senior Research Fellow, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania
– conducting Systemic Downy Mildew Research. Read his ARC Linkage Project report here

Representing Tasmanian Poppy Growers

Poppy Growers Tasmania Inc (PGT) is the peak poppy grower organisation in Tasmania charged with representing the interests of the state’s approximate 450 poppy growers at all levels of industry and government – local, state, national and international.

PGT’s only source of funding is from voluntary growers levies and it represents approximately 85% of Tasmania’s poppy growers.

Farm Gate Value

The poppy industry is a strong economic driver in context of Tasmanian agriculture.

With the State’s mild maritime climate and world class irrigation system, poppies make an ideal rotational crop for many mixed farming enterprises.



The principal operations of PGT are to ensure that the policies and concerns of Tasmanian poppy growers are recognised by industry, the wider community and at all levels of government and are given a high degree of consideration at all levels of the decision making process.

Great emphasis is placed upon industry security that accords with the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 (as amended by the 1972 protocol).

Tasmanian Poppy Stats

  • Area
  • Growers
  • Farm Gate Value
  • Community Value
  • Value to Tasmania
  • Employment

Up to 30,000 ha of poppies have been grown in Tasmania. Independent studies indicate Tasmania conservatively has 45,000 ha of land available to grow poppies on a year in year out sustainable basis. 

Approximately 450

Approximately $50 to $100M depending on market demand

A minimum of $2,000 per hectare i.e. $50M of the $100M at farm gate value is expended by the farmer in rural Tasmania to purchase goods and services to actually grow the crop.

Approximately 3 to 4 multiplier = $300/400 Million

Approximately 300 full time employees by poppy companies

approximately 150 full time employees by contractors, suppliers and advisers

approximately 350 full time employees by farmers

800 full time equivalents

Committee Members

NameContact NumbersDistrict

Philip Loane – President

0418 104 422Sassafras/Devonport East/Moriarty/Sheffield

Glynn Williams - Vice President

0419 895 332Forth/Ulverstone/Penguin/Burnie

Tom Edgell - Treasurer

0438 595 515Derwent Valley/Bothwell

Colin Chaplin

0419 380 413Sassafras/Devonport East/Moriarty/Sheffield
Gavin Clark0418 576 653Hagley/Elizabeth Town
Stuart Coles0437 021 478Hagley/Elizabeth Town
Andrew Dowling0407 406 229Northern Midlands/Cressy/Fingal
Marcus Harris0407 872 024Sassafras/Devonport East/Moriarty/Sheffield
Rodney Jones0418 656 630Forth/Ulverstone/Penguin/Burnie
Stewart McGee0417 920 750Northern Midlands/Cressy/Fingal
Michael Nichols0409 451 430Circular Head
Phillip Partridge0400 636 836Scottsdale/North East
Walter Thompson0417 552 529Coal River
Phillipa (Pip) Webster0438 046 149Southern Midlands

Keith Rice - Chief Executive

63 43 2244 | 0418 133 234
Poppy Growers Tasmania Inc