32 more provinces apply for cannabis production
Cannabis production has become the main agenda for both industrialists and farmers after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s instructions on the issue. Cannabis has been banned according to the Law on Narcotic Drugs but with a regulation in 2016, 19 cities including Amasya, Ankara, Bartin, Burdur, Corum, Izmir, Karabuk,
Kastamonu, Kayseri, Kutahya, Malatya, Ordu, Rize, Samsun, Sinop, Tokat, Usak, Yozgat and Zonguldak were given the permission for restricted production. Lately 32 more provinces applied for production permits. As a result of the increased interest for cannabis, which is used for more than 25,000 purposes and is expected to create a one billion dollar market, the sale of fields for cannabis production increased by 86 percent compared to the previous year.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, 242 producers were allowed to plant cannabis on 207.5 hectares of land as of April 1. 101 hectares were cultivated to increase the amount of local seeds available while 0.64 hectares were devoted to scientific research. According to Ministry data, in 2015 only 0.1 hectares of cannabis was cultivated. In 2018, this area increased to 1.15 hectares, producing three tons of seeds and 7 tons of fiber. This year, 100 hectares of land was planted for fiber and seed production with an expected yield of about 43,000 tons of seeds and 36,000 tons of fiber.