Paraguay’s hemp stakeholders are saying that the state government is favoring big-scope business interests more than peasant growers contravening previous regulations that encourage support from small-scale producers.
The Paraguayan Industrial Cannabis chamber (Cannapy) said that the national government only supports mechanized and extensive hemp growing. However, it previously declared that hemp is in the state’s interest and crucial to family growers. This emerges after a recent seeds shipment meant for small-scale growers was confiscated by customs.
Officers representing the National Plant and Seed Health and Quality service stated that the seeds have to go to the IPTA (Paraguayan Institute of Agrarian Technology) for testing and evaluation before classification in the territory’s formal plant registry.
Cannapy disclosed that 300 hemp hectares were also legally cultivated during last March by large agriculture companies with zero issues or bureaucracy.
The Paraguayan Agriculture Ministry approved a call from Health Grains SA last year to import seventeen seed strains from China, Hungary, France, and America. The firm is performing trials in hemp fields under IPTA’s permission to identify which strains will suitably adapt to the jurisdiction’s climate and soil. The government officially recognized a disparate coalition, the CCIP (Paraguayan Industrial Hemp Chamber), and has already issued hemp operation licenses.
The confiscated hemp seed shipment is allocated for testing lands where small-scale growers intend to cultivate that may have a long-haul economic effect in the rural areas. The 1000 kilogram shipment has been apportioned for sixty plots.
Plant registry classification is important for seed distribution to family farmers, whose plant cycle begins now. Cannapy stated that those hemp seeds need to be remitted since they’re already registered in the country’s category of allowed hemp strains by the exporting firm. It further said that seeds need to be accelerated ex officio by the Agriculture Minister to nurture the crop.