IE: Irish growers say that without policy changes, hemp industry cannot express full potential

Ireland’s fledgling hemp industry will not be able to reach its full potential unless a number of policy changes are made by the Department of Agriculture, say growers.

Having been heralded as a possible lifeline for scores of hard pressed small farmers, the development of the hemp sector has largely stagnated over the past 12 months.

According to the Hemp Co-Operative of Ireland, a number of minor changes could go a long way towards making hemp a valuable cash crop for farmers.

Top of the list is allowing more profitable varieties of hemp to be grown in Ireland, but the Co-op is also campaigning for hemp to be included in the Protein Aid Scheme and for the duration of licenses to be extended to two or even five years.

Read more at independent.ie


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