– small-scale Linden farmers to be given priority- Min. Mustapha
The government passed the Industrial Hemp Act in August this year, paving the way for the decriminalisation of industrial hemp in Guyana and opening up additional economic and agricultural opportunities for farmers.
Region Six and 10 have been earmarked for the development of the new industry and Minister of Agriculture Zulfikar Mustapha assured small-scale farmers in Linden that they will be given priority.
The Ministry of Agriculture is currently establishing the Guyana Industrial Hemp Regulatory Authority. The regulatory body will accept applications for licenses to cultivate industrial hemp.
“We are now in the process of setting up the regulatory authority when that comes into being, you, the small farmers, will have the kind of benefit to start planting an acre, two acres of hemp, which is a very lucrative crop.
“Coming out of hemp, you can have raw materials for anything, soap, rope, clothes, you name it, and we are looking to build a refinery in the country so that you can have a ready market for this crop. So, that is a plus for you,” Minister Mustapha relayed.