DE: Hemp cultivation remains a niche in Thuringia

Hemp cultivation for the adult-use market will not take place outdoors, but rather in strictly controlled indoor farms, said the consultant for crop production and environment at the Thuringian Farmers' Association, André Rathgeber. “The legal requirements for this will also be so high that you have to see whether it eventually makes financial sense.”

In Thuringia, Germany, only a few farmers are currently cultivating hemp legally. According to the farmers' association, industrial hemp grows on more than 500 hectares in Bavaria. The area under cultivation has more than doubled since 2015 (218 hectares). Nevertheless, it will remain a niche product for farms, said Rathgeber, given the agricultural area of ​​around 775,000 hectares in Bavaria.

"The cultivation is quite special," said Rathgeber. In addition to technology, processing and marketing structures are also needed, which Thuringia has so far largely lacked. Due to the wide range of possible uses, industrial hemp definitely has economic and ecological potential. Insulating materials, clothing, hemp oil, tea, or dietary supplements, among other things, can be obtained from the plants. Hemp fibers are also increasingly being used as bedding in livestock farming.

Cultivation in Germany is strictly monitored by the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food. The approximately 70 hemp varieties approved in Germany may have a maximum THC content (tetrahydrocannabinol) of 0.2 percent. According to the Narcotics Act, higher values ​​are considered drugs and intoxicants.

According to the cannabis industry association, hemp is growing on 6,444 hectares in Germany with 863 approved farmers (data: 2021). Lower Saxony has the largest areas with 1,555 hectares.

Source: proplanta.de


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