Spanish Associates are setting up a project that’ll develop the nation’s Extremadura area as a center for innovating industrial hemp. Bhalutek Hemp( Hemp Firm) and CTAEX(the Extremadura National Agrifood Technological Center) stated that the program will foster the growth and diverse utility of hemp. They added that it’ll provide access to transformation and cultivation technologies.
The group plans on fostering new private and public ventures, share knowledge among members, and enhance research while offering training for technicians, farmers, and scientists. It’ll also establish the area as the country’s reference for hemp innovation and research.
The partners disclosed that they’ve registered twenty-one members after launching the project, including Extremadura University and Malaga University.
CTAEX announced that with the present health crisis scenario, the economic recession is likely to worsen in the future, thus requiring decisive actions and concrete responses.
CTAEX added that industrial hemp would enable the regeneration of rural regions through a sustainable strategy from an agronomic, economic, and environmental view. It pointed out that the Spanish regulatory and legal structure requires changes for the industry to thrive and mature.
According to the CTAEX president, Juan Jose Manzanero, the changes are necessary to enable the sector’s complete development with conclusive legal guarantees.
The program has the backup of Vara Guillermo Fernandez(CEO of Junta de Extremadura) and Yolanda Garcia Seco( the government representative in the area).
CTAEX is located in Badajoz, Spain, and is a private non-profit R&D facility backed by a partnership within the agro-food industry. The firm has expert knowledge in the creation of R&D programs at a state tier within Spain.
Bhalutek is located in Malaga and has concentrated on hemp genetics for almost eight years. The institution also conducts scientific research in machinery and process for purification and extraction. It has clients in Uruguay, Australia, and Switzerland.