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Poppy Crop

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) size and (b) estimated monetary value of the domestic poppy crop was in the latest period for which figures are available. (288240)

Poppies are grown for many purposes in the UK; some are grown for the extraction of morphine (papaver somniferum) and it is only these poppies that the Home Office holds statistics on.

(a) There are currently 38 sites growing poppies for the extraction of morphine. The total area under cultivation in 2008 amounted to 2,568 hectares, slightly down from 2007 2,745 hectares. Additionally, a small number of organisations grow poppies for research purposes.

(b) The monetary value of the poppies is a commercial matter between the growers and their customers.