Total hemp fields in Germany grew 17% to reach 6,444 hectares (~16,000 acres) in 2021 as the number of hemp farming operations reached 863, a 20% increase, according to the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE).
Lower Saxony led all German states, with 173 growers putting in 1,555 hectares (~3,800 acres) this year.
Germany is primarily a hemp grain producer, but local production lags in a consumer market where hempseed has become widely known as food and hempseed oil as an ingredient in health and beauty products. Thus, Germany must still import hemp seed to meet total demand.
Stakeholders report that very little hemp was grown this year for CBD, and farming for hemp fiber is still marginal.
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