What does the New Zealand iHemp industry represent
- A opportunity to revitalise rural New Zealand with jobs and investment opportunities
- An alternative land use, iHemp grows in 90-120 days, so is great in rotation.
- It does not have many pests and diseases so grows well without the need for fungicides, herbicides and pesticides. It can help loosen compacted soil and phyto-remediate polluted land making it productive again
- it can provide farmers with a great return from the stems, seeds, leafs and roots being processed and made in to hemp products for a growing number of aware consumers
- Initial processing must be done locally, so this generates more jobs in rural areas
- The processing and growing of iHemp requires investment in infrastructure
- Investment builds the capacity and opportunities to add value in regional NZ
Lets encourage this new arable industry, and let our experts in the food, construction, textile, plastic/composite, paper, medical and farming sectors get involved and make New Zealand a center of excellence in the world wide iHemp industry.
We have the Industrial Hemp Regulations 2006 which protect out industry and allow us to produce hemp products. It would be great to have the political will and support of the government. to help us develop. But it is not necessary, if they simply stopped looking for problems and putting up unnecessary road blocks, the industry would do the rest and help them achieve theirambitious export goalThe export goal is to double primary industry exports in real terms from $32 billion in June 2012 to $64 billion by 2025. To achieve this, New Zealand’s primary industries must grow at a rate of 5.5% a year through to 2025.