MEC Manopole addresses the provinical hemp workshop

The Northern Cape MEC for Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Rural Development and Land Reform, Mase Manopole yesterday deliberated on the role of small-scale farmers in the significance of Hemp during the Provincial Hemp Hybrid Workshop held in Kimberley. MEC Manopole said an integrated approach is needed for the success of hemp in the province.  In her address, Manopole highlighted that hemp has the potential to create employment opportunities and bolster the provincial economic spin-offs. Manopole alluded that the Argricultural Research Council is currently conducting Hemp trials in Upington. The workshop furthermore focused on the role the agricultural sector plays towards hemp as it is declared an agricultural crop, and it is regulated by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) under the Plant Improvement Act. Meanwhile, Medicinal Cannabis is being regulated by the South African Health Product Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). The Northern Cape is the only province that has not launched the provincial hemp structure yet.

Journalist: Rene Julies

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