It is the first licensed project to cultivate hemp in the hill state and will "create a number of new economic opportunities for farmers", it said.
At the launch of the project in Pauri Garhwal, Uttrakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat spoke about the benefits that the pilot project is expected to have on local communities, by creating jobs, increasing economic activity and generating wealth for farmers in their villages, the statement said.
He also said the project will also increase opportunities for national and international investors.
"Hemp is our traditional and religious plant and finally getting its fair due and coming in the forefront of a positive dialogue," he said, as per the statement.
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