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SenzeniZokwana2BusinessLive reports that according to agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister Senzeni Zokwana, government is looking at ways of establishing a hemp industry to help diversify the agricultural sector and to create jobs.  

Currently, it is illegal to cultivate hemp in SA.  Hemp production is only authorised for research purposes under special conditions granted by the director-general of the national Department of Health (DoH).  But, the Agricultural Research Council says hemp can be used to make more than 25,000 consumer products.  In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Zokwana indicated that to date the DoH had received and was considering 36 applications for commercial hemp cultivation.  He said his department was in talks with other relevant state entities with the aim of establishing a hemp industry.  The minister went on to say:  “The departments of health as well as justice & constitutional development have been requested to amend their respective legislation to facilitate commercial production of hemp and manufacturing of related products.  The department of agriculture and the department of health are also developing guidelines for regulating the cultivation and manufacturing of hemp and hemp products.  The two departments will make pronouncements once this process has been concluded.”

  • Read the full original of Bekezela Phakathi’s report on this story at BusinessLive

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