32 more prov­inces ap­ply for cannabis pro­duc­tion

Dünya Executive - - BUSINESS - SERGUL KESKIN

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.

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