The NZHIA research committee is dedicated to furthering the technology required to add value to the hemp that is 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 into usable raw materials for industry.
Decortication, which is the separation of the hemp stems into fibre and hurd, and cottonising fibre for use in textile applications, are two specific areas requiring more development and offering good opportunities for the NZ economy.
Because of it’s deeper root system, research and development on using hemp in agricultural rotation and for phytoremediation purposes is also required, which could be a major advantage to the hemp industry. (Phytoremediation, is the technology of using living plants to clean up and help neutralise potentially contaminated soil, air, and water.)
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