NZHIA Research Committee
The NZHIA research committee is dedicated to furthering the technology required to add value to hemp grown in New Zealand.
Due to the diverse nature of industrial hemp, there are numerous areas worthy of research. Since industrial hemp prohibition started in 1930-1940 little work has been done in developing the processes required to decorticate and convert hemp stems in to useable raw materials for industry
Decortication is the separation of stems into fibre and hurd. Cottonising fibre for use in textile applications are two areas requiring development and offering opportunities for the NZ economy.
R&D on using hemp in rotation and for phytoremediation purposes is required, helping to clean and condition soil and water could be a major advantage to the hemp industry.
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