Hemp and Fiber Crop Growth Potential Report Coming Soon

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According to Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue, a report exploring the growing potential of fiber plants such as hemp is nearing completion.

The minister said his department is currently finalizing the report to “fully explore the growth potential of these crops” and determine if they have a viable market.

Currently hemp is included as an eligible crop under the Basic Payment Scheme and any grower who grows hemp in Ireland and holds a license issued by the Minister of Health is entitled to claim payment on their rights under the basic payment scheme. Scheme.

The minister made his comments in a written response to a parliamentary question posed by Sinn Féin agriculture spokesman, MP Matt Carthy. The Sinn Féin MP inquired about the Minister’s proposals to support hemp growers in Ireland.

Minister McConalogue said that once he has reviewed the findings of the report, he will be able to make a decision about the future viability of growing hemp for lint in Ireland, and whether further support is warranted.

In his response, he also said that cannabis, which includes hemp, is listed under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2017, which means it is subject to the strictest level of control.

“It is an offense in Ireland to grow, import, export, produce, supply and possess cannabis except in accordance with a license issued by the Minister of Health. I am not offering any additional support for growing hemp,” he said.

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