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TRAINING PLANNED FOR MARIJUANA GROWERS

BY ADRIAN MWANZA
THE Zambian Hemp Growers and Industries Association (ZAMHEMP) will next month hold a training for farmers to prepare for the 2022 farming season.


ZAMHEMP president Peter Sinkamba, said that the association had come up with the training programme to prepare farmers for the cultivation of Cannabis.


Mr Sinkamba said they were expecting a huge number of participants taking part in the training programme from all the country’s 10 provinces.
“We have a huge number of people in the association and we hope that this training programme will trigger them to come forward and get the knowledge needed to thrive in the business,” he said.


He said the online training programme would commence next month and that it would be conducted in conjunction with international partners who had vast knowledge and experience on the matter.
Mr Sinkamba said he could not give an actual number of people who would take part but that he expected a huge number to come through to the programme.


“In readiness for that, our Zambian Hemp Growers and Industries Association head office, in collaboration with our international partners will be running an online training programme,” he said.


On May 20, 2021, Zambia enacted two laws, the Cannabis Act, 2021 and the Industrial Hemp Act, 2021.


Their enactment follows a 2019 cabinet decision to permit the production and export of cannabis for medical and export purposes.
This reform was reportedly driven by the need to boost foreign exchange sources.

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