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IIHA gets licence to grow industrial hemp in Uttarakhand

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indian Industrial Association (IIHA) today said it has received the licence to cultivate industrial hemp, the first in after a gap of 33 years.

The has issued the licence for launch of a project to promote cultivation of industrial in district, IIHA said in a statement.

Currently, there is huge domestic demand for fibre, which is one of the strongest and oldest fibres known to the mankind.

Hemp fibre has anti-bacterial and ultraviolet rays protecting properties, among others.

said the project is expected to benefit local communities, boost economic activity and encourage investment in hemp cultivation.

A barren land will be used to grow hemp, which is a hardy crop and requires little maintenance and few resources, the statement added.

According to IIHA Rohit Sharma, by legalising hemp cultivation, the has provided an impetus to the budding hemp industry in

He also mentioned that hemp, a traditional plant, is finally getting its fair due and coming in the forefront of a positive dialogue.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 17:35 IST