Moldova to Legalise Drought-Resistant Hemp

Moldova is poised to legalise the cultivation of industrial hemp. Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAIA) Vladimir Bolea made this announcement during a Jurnal TV broadcast.

The project has received approval from the National Anti-Corruption Center (CNA) and awaits final government endorsement before being submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers.

"We expect to have this decision passed by the Moldovan government by the end of June or July," Bolea stated. "Farmers are requesting permission to grow this crop because it's resistant to drought. We'll invite the Romanian Hemp Association to the next economic council meeting to provide specific data. We need to understand factors like yield per hectare, weather conditions, and potential seed buyers to ensure Moldovan farmers make informed decisions, not gambles."

Industrial hemp (Cannabis Sativa) is listed in the European Union's Catalog of Agricultural Plant Varieties. It's cultivated for industrial and horticultural purposes, including fibre, biomass, and oil extraction, as well as for food and pharmaceutical products. France, the Netherlands, and Austria are the main EU suppliers of industrial hemp.

Translation by Iurie Tataru

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