Παρασκευή, 08 Δεκεμβρίου 2017 18:07

Industrial hemp farming in Greece

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Industrial hemp farming in Greece today is the subject of “Εύφορη Γη” travelogue in Magnesia, Arcadia and Messinia, presenting crops and producers.

Awaiting investments for processing in all directions, producers and teams that have already had a produced quantity in their hands are experimenting and looking for collaborations.

Apostolou: “In the next few years we will be talking about tens of thousands of hectares of industrial cannabis”

 “A few years later, we will be talking about tens of thousands of hectares, especially if the part of textile manufacturing becomes part of the processing”. This estimation is made by Minister of Rural Development and Food Vangelis Apostolou talking to “Εύφορη Γη” about the future of industrial cannabis in Greece. “The possibilities offered will be enormous with a raw material of lower cost and higher quality”, he points out. At the same time, he insists on the development with regard to pharmaceutical cannabis, anticipating the completion of the proposed law: “We examine also the part of pharmaceutical cannabis because there is the will to finally use its medicinal benefits”.

Until recently there have been demands for cultivation of about 30 hectares. The response is characterised by the minister as less than expected, but he hopes that by investing in the textile sector the acres will multiply. Other issues that need to be addressed have to do with water use, accreditations due to lack of specialised laboratories and many more. It should be noted that Dimitra Greek Agricultural Organisation continues to track all the cultivation issues, giving instructions to growers.

Read the greek and english versions of the issue here