A regional fee in Sardinia has green-lighted a invoice that will regulate the manufacturing and processing of hemp, setting the stage for quick growth of the native provide chain.
Along with opening up the island to the wide selection of hemp sub-sectors, officers say hemp can play a job in reclaiming polluted land and in groundwater administration.
The fee this week accredited a compromise hemp invoice that merged draft measures from competing political teams. The ensuing regulation would “put order within the sector,” the fee stated. The Regional Council should nonetheless approve the regulation.
“This can be a lengthy overdue provision,” stated Piero Maieli, the fee’s president. “Many younger farmers are betting on any such exercise however typically encounter bureaucratic difficulties and an extra of controls because of unclear laws.”
Solely 600 hectares of hemp have been planted within the area in 2019, the final yr for which figures can be found. However native officers stated a rising variety of entrepreneurial younger farmers are establishing themselves in hemp operations.
The regional authorities stated it’s going to assist agro-industrial provide chains in meals, bioenergy and inexperienced constructing. The measure would assist analysis, coaching, the development of processing amenities and the introduction of superior expertise for sowing, harvesting, storage and processing. Institution of a monitoring middle for crops can also be deliberate.