A policy change that would launch a hemp development initiative within Italy’s Umbria territory is planning on setting up a supply chain based on hemp hurds and fibre.
The reform was unveiled this week by Thomas De Luca, 5-star Movement President. It also underscores the crop’s potential to clean contaminated fields through water Phyto-purification and phytoremediation.
De Luca said that the lack of a processing facility in central Italy provides a great window for the Umbria region to become the main area for the hemp supply chain.
Thomas further said that the proposed legislation focuses on supporting individuals who want to set up new ventures and providing an impetus for new tasks through European and State funds.
The reform will also support those who conduct research and development affairs about the hemp utility in each possible field. The measure pushes for the advancement of the plant’s supply chain from seeding to production.
Umbria representatives are specifically examining the potential of hemp-fibre-related biopolymers and bioplastics. They also expect business development in hemp hurd’s uses in the green construction sector and erection of anti-seismic structures.
Supporters assert that the regulation is also meant to tackle agriculture sustainability objectives in adherence to State and European provisions. De Luca stated that Hemp is specifically suitable for soil remediation where heavy metals and hydrocarbons are present, particularly nickel and chromium.
He added that unlike other crop essences that dispose in landfills, hemp fibre can be recycled thus setting up a circular chain of supply.
Mancini Valerio, Chairman of the Second Council Committee on Territorial Governance and Economic Activities, also supports the initiative, It was tabled before his commission this week. Committee hearings with the crop’s stakeholders about the regulation are already slated. Mancini has asked for financial and technical studies to offer insight during those discussions.