Growing Industrial Hemp in Southern Africa

I am interested in growing hemp in Southern Africa, namely in Botswana and was wondering if I can find a market for unprocessed hemp and how to go about it. There is currently no hemp processing plant in Botswana therefore to make any profit on the crop I will need to export. Is that feasible, considering transport costs?

How does one go about setting up a small processing plant and what machinery is essential for that?

Lastly, what is the minimum size of land needed to grow hemp on a commercial scale in a place like Botswana?  Thanks, Sean

9 responses to “Growing Industrial Hemp in Southern Africa

  1. Dr Pieter J Louw

    I am also interested in growing hemp. I live near Marquard in the free State (South Africa) Read about growing hemp in the Eastern Cape. Would like to know where and how i can become part of a hemp growing progect or obtain hemp to grow here. Am also interested to know where the harvested product will be prosessed. Please e-mail me (Dr Pieter Louw) at drpjlouw@yahoo.com

  2. you can email me at efhamawi@hotmail.com by the way 🙂

    best, Efthimios

  3. Hi Sean, I am based in Botswana and have some land available for farming. Seriously interested in growing hemp here and was wandering if you managed to get anywhere with your idea. I would love to grow industrial hemp and have 13 hectares available. Any useful information you have found out would be greatly appreciated. Best, Efthimios

    • Kevern Whitman

      Hi. Growing hemp in Botswana legal? If so, what is the process getting a license to grow hemp?

  4. studying textile science engineering,am from botswana,a good thought

  5. I have lots of interest on the subject. Plz keep me informed on subject

  6. http://www.hemporium.com
    South African hemp company based in the Western Cape.

  7. Hi Sean,

    I’ve been wondering the same thing. I stay in the Western Cape and would be interested in chatting privately about the matter. richarderictyson@gmail.com

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