Polish growers cultivating the FINOLA hemp seed variety won’t be eligible for farming subsidies if a new verdict by agriculture representatives is implemented. On March 10th, Poland’s ARiMR (Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture) said in a statement that aids for producers growing FINOLA in 2021 won’t be granted since the strain was found to contain more than Europe’s 0.2% THC threshold in tests conducted during the previous two years.
The Ministry jotted down that the tests on THC amounts in hemp plants conducted by ARiMR indicated that in FINOLA hemp seed nurtured in Poland during 2019-2020, the median THC content surpassed the EU threshold of 0.2% THC.
In a letter to the Rural Development and Agriculture Ministry and ARiMR, a group of about twelve polish growers claimed that above-the-limit THC findings in FINOLA crops were because of improper timing and other mistakes in THC tests conducted by ARiMR.
The farmers wrote that FINOLA crops mature earlier than other hemp varieties commonly grown in Poland in a detailed letter that challenged ARiMR officials for failing to comprehend how hemp strains grow and how they are supposed to be tested. The producers emphasized in the letter that different varieties of hemp mature at different periods and FINOLA flowers quickly.
Tomasz Jawor, Agro hemp’s hemp producer and author of the farmers’ letter, said that in the FINOLA case, the inspection should be conducted before mid-July. He also noted that most hemp strains cultivated in Poland don’t flower up to August and FINOLA crops left on the field for long risk going above the 0.2% THC threshold.
Jawor further said that late tests have made farmers be flagged down for infringements during the previous years and since farmers haven’t objected the test findings in a Court, it has resulted in FINOLA’s blacklisting in Poland’s agricultural reports.