The Guyana Hemp Industries, the company behind the unrelenting activism for the legalisation and production of industrial hemp in Guyana, has declared 2022 the ‘year for hemp production in Guyana.’
Lands have been cleared, people are standing by and equipment is ready to be put to the plow following the government’s approval of the Guyana Hemp Policy.
Although the policy paves the way for the cultivation of industrial hemp in Guyana, the process is stalled in the absence of a legal and regulatory framework.
After more than five years of dedicated and serious lobbying and millions of dollars spent on spreading awareness, the company is well assured that the production of hemp in Guyana will be achieved this year.
Two spots have already been identified: one at Kuru Kururu on the Linden/Soesdykle Highway in close proximity to the highly anticipated Silica City, the brainchild of President Irfaan Ali; and another at Mara, an old sugar plantation located in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).
Co-Chair of Guyana Hemp Industries Michael Kirton and a News Room team visited the Kuru Kururu location early Tuesday morning where the first seed is expected to be planted soon.
“From all indications and responses from, the government seems that they would finally put an end to illegal hemp in Guyana… by the end of January, we hope they will fully remove the barriers for hemp production in Guyana.
“We are a little saddened that the final barriers were not removed before the end of the year,” a hopeful Kirton related.
The Kuru Kururu location will be tested for what will be replicated in each of the ten administrative regions and poised to create employment opportunities not only with farms but processing facilities.
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