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Hemporium’s first licensed hemp field in South Africa!
It’s true - Hemporium have planted the first licensed hemp field has been planted in South Africa, and it’s flourishing! After a long and winding road, the hard work, paperwork and perseverance has paid off and Hemporium‘s farming partner is now tending a field of vigorous little hemp plants. With each passing day, and each nourishing spray of liquid earthworm tea fertiliser, the future prospects of a vibrant South African hemp industry grows brighter!
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Great potential in South African hemp industry
In that field lies the hopes and future of a growing South African hemp industry that will hopefully develop to its full potential and provide jobs, nutrition and raw materials. And what potential it is: in a country with high unemployment and where a significant amount of arable land is depleted after centuries of monoculture, agrichemical contamination, soil erosion and loss of fertile topsoil, hemp offers the kind of promise that could uplift and develop the local farming sector without the need for aggressive farming techniques or excessive amounts of fertiliser.
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Hemp: from zero to hero in 100 days
Because hemp is able to prosper in relatively poor soils without much need for intensive farming practices, and is resistant to numerous pests, it’s an easy-to-grow crop which does not require expertise beyond common farming practices. Planted close together to encourage the stalks to elongate, the plants produce the long, durable fibres for which hemp is renowned the world over. In only 100 days, the crop can grow up to 4m in height and is ready for harvest. Once harvested, the bast fibres are removed from the tough outer sheath, whilst the inner core of the stem produces cellulose that is ideal for making top-quality paper (as it has been used for, for over 5 000 years across the world).
The promise of hope in a 2ha field
Happy at last to see progress on this front, Hemporium CEO Tony Budden had this to say on the developments:
“After years of lobbying we have finally got permission to plant 2ha of low THC industrial hemp and part of a 3 year national commercial incubation trial. We still have some work to do before a full commercial industry, but it is incredibly rewarding to put seeds in the ground and seeing them growing already. We know that this momentum will grow and soon hemp will be providing the jobs, houses and nutrition so many South Africans desperately need. We are honoured to be part of this process and look forward to seeing the fully grown plants in all their glory.”
Well, there it is - incontrovertible proof that great strides are happening on the frontlines of the hemp revolution! Well done to the Hemporium team! We at Springleap wish them well in this great endeavour.
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