A few days after the Paraguayan president made a decree that made hemp a crop of national interest, one of the hemp producers in the country has claimed to make the country’s first hemp export. According to the company, it is the first of its kind in Paraguay and Latin America to export hemp food to North America.
The exporting company, Healthy Grains S.A. is one of the major hemp producers and consulting firms that is based in Luque, which is about 15 kilometres from the capital at capital Asunción.
The export was made of 150 kilograms of hemp seed oil, 500 kilograms of hulled hemp seed and hemp powder to the tune of 350 kilograms. Also, all the products exported were organically produced. This is according to the company’s report on Tuesday by Pablo Moreira, who is the president of Paraguayan Industrial Hemp Chamber. Healthy Grains is a member of the chamber.
Moreira also confirmed that the export was done in a container that also had 18 tons of organically produced Chia seed. It is expected the shipment will arrive in the U.S. mid next month. Healthy Grains marked the historic export with a celebration at its Luque facility. The event was graced by Senator Fernando Silva Facetti, president of the Commission to Combat Drug Trafficking.
Paraguay is set to become one of the leading hemp industry exporters in Latin America, especially after the president’s decree. The hemp industry is set to receive a number of incentives from the government that includes farming equipment, expertise and regulation.
Last year, the South American nation enacted a law that allows families to grow a maximum of 2 hectares of industrial hemp. According to Moreira, this year has seen more than 300 hectares planted hemp. He reiterated that more are expected to be planted in October.
The Paraguayan government is focused on making hemp farming mostly beneficial to small scale farmers.