According to Fawad Chaudhry, hemp may play a crucial role in the future of Pakistan, which relies on the growth of biotechnology and technology industries.
Pakistan’s government envisions top-tier tech farms concentrating on non-conventional agriculture such as hemp, that can replace cotton in the country’s textile sector. It has asserted that it plans to take advantage of CBD production by converting hemp fiber filtrate into bio-energy.
Chaudhry asserted that in the state’s efforts to restore manufacturing, it’s crucial to be wary of technological advancements and observe which ventures have an impressive market scope and which are becoming obsolete.
Last September, Pakistan decriminalized hemp processing and farming under government regulation. It suggested that the hemp industry can create a billion-dollar market within the coming three years. Fields for marijuana productions are being set up in Chakwal, Islamabad, Peshawar, and Jhelum.
The nation’s administration has noted that hemp could be a sustainable cotton production replacement. Pakistan’s cotton production has declined. It was initially the 4th largest cotton producer across the world after the USA, China, and India. The country’s farmers are replacing cotton fields with other crops because of the lack of first-rate seeds and low prices. The government has advised that producing hemp for textiles is the most compelling alternative.
The nation has already issued a hemp license to the Science and Technologies Ministry and the PCSIR (Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) to analyze aspects such as plant chemistry, potential industry, and local cultivars.
Muhammed A. Oayyum, the Pakistani government adviser and Medics Laboratories’ director, said that things won’t advance forward unless clear and proper regulations are put in place.
Oayyu asserted that for CBD imports to occur in the country, the Narcotics Ministry has to separately define ‘hemp’ as industrial hemp, establish CBD import rules and CBD has to be categorized as a non-controlled drug substance or permitted for imports under certain conditions.