JM: Subsistence farmers will help fill demand in cannabis industry

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Audley Shaw has reiterated that subsistence farmers will play a key role in the development of the local cannabis industry.

“Jamaica has some of the most experienced and knowledgeable local cannabis farmers who have been growing high-grade ganja for decades. As the industry develops, there will be increased demand for cannabis, and our subsistence farmers will help to fill this demand,” he said.

The minister, who was making his contribution to the 2021/22 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, said that the proposed cultivator's special permit aims to reduce the barriers to entry for subsistence farmers by having lower fees and fewer infrastructural requirements.

He said that the cultivator's permit will employ a concept where the farmers can operate their satellite farms and sell their crop at a set price to mother farms run by licensees.


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