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Industrial Hemp growing in Uganda
Is it legal to grow hemp in Uganda ? If yes how many hemp farmers perform in Uganda ?
Thank you for your question. For starters, perhaps not many will even know what HEMP is in Uganda - let alone Africa.
For purposes of information to the other visitors; Industrial hemp is a number of varieties of Cannabis Sativa L that are intended for agriculture and industrial purposes.
They are largely and legally grown in China, Canada, Germany and other parts of the world for their seed and fiber content used for textile and fabric. Oil, seed cake and hurds are some of the other byproducts - and that's just to mention a few but there are quite a lot more products like; car body parts and the hemp bio-fuels.
HEMP is a non drug variety from the cannabis family.
Hemp growing is gradually finding its way into Africa with South Africa leading the way.
In Uganda, pilot projects are under way - Hemp Africa Project is one of the the extensive and interesting ones that has only recently taken off to try and establish a Hemp industry in the country. Its very much in its initial stages for research and assessment ... and I am afraid, not much information is coming out of there.
There is certainly no clear indication of how many are involved in hemp growing in Uganda - if anything, these are very early days, if you wish.
On whether its legal to grow hemp in Uganda, I would strongly advise that if you are thinking of making an investment, you check with the Uganda Investment Authority - They should have more concrete information on the legality and business prospects.
... Otherwise FYI - Cannabis growing and any business associated with cannabis is illegal in Uganda.
I hope this helps.
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