Slow start to Malawi hemp season: only 4 out of 89 licensees have crop in the ground

Four of the eighty-nine companies who have been issued licenses to grow medicinal and industrial hemp in the country have rolled out the exercise. Although this is a slow start, the Cannabis Regulatory Authority (CRA) has said it expects the number to heighten as the rainy season begins. This is according to a report by James Nthondo in the Nyasa Times Online on 19 October 2021.

CRA director general, Ketulo Salipira, said the numbers were few because a majority of those that have been licensed were hoping to depend on rain-fed harvests, while others are still setting up their irrigation facilities.

“The licenses have a one-year lifespan subject to renewal, and we expect that within the period, the licensees will have produced the crop as planned.

“The industry is a complicated one and new in this country, we are just setting it up. However, we expect those who have already started producing, like Invegrow, will start exporting between January and February next year. Then the economy will start benefiting from the industry,” Salipira said.


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