KK Council Reveal Plans to Promote Industrial Hemp Farming
Nkhotakota District Council has disclosed its plan of promoting industrial hemp farming in the northern part of the district, where production of illegal Indian hemp is common.
Acting District Commissioner, Ben Tohno, says the move will assist people of the area as they will now be investing in producing hemp which is both lawful and profitable.
“Those people who are cultivating Indian hemp, should at this point focus on growing the legalized industrial hemp, we already know that the places are suitable for growing that industrial hemp, but we will still involve the research institutions,” said Tohno.
He told Zodiak Online in an interview that this is part of the economic transformation of the district through agricultural activities, an intervention that will lead to the opening of mega-farms, for the production of various crops.
The Acting DC said the move will assist in addressing the perception that there is massive production of Indian hemp in Nkhotakota district as a whole.
Meanwhile, Senior Chief Kanyenda of the district, says some of his subjects have already shown interest to grow industrial hemp.
“I look at cultivation of industrial hemp as an alternative to cultivation of the ordinary Chamba, which is illegal,” said the traditional leader.
But both the traditional leader and the DC are calling for support from well-wishers, to ensure people do not hide behind this, to grow illegal hemp.
They also want financial support for farmers who are forming cooperatives to cultivate industrial hemp.