Opportunities for high CBD hemp production in Africa are inherently tangled up with the vast potential — and predicted needs —for increasing agricultural production in the African continent.
Faced with a young, rapidly rising urban population and increasing incomes (Africa is predicted to double its population by 2050), many economists predict significant increases in consumption for the world’s 2nd largest continent. And, a lot will be tied up in agricultural production. Africa possesses 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated arable land.
Throw hemp — the planet’s most useful and widely adaptable plant — and it is evident that future potential for high CBD hemp production in Africa is just at its cusp. Despite the only recent loosening of hemp production laws, retail hemp sales for hemp reached $15 million in 2018 and the Hemp Business Journal estimates that the African markets will increase to a combined $133 million by 2022.
CBD Hemp Production Slowly Becoming Legal in Africa Nations
While there is still a long way to go, hemp production’s potential economic opportunities are leading to a rise in African nations (there are 54 sovereign countries in Africa) embracing new laws legalizing hemp and cannabis. So far, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Lesotho have recently relaxed or introduced some version of legal cannabis laws for consumer use and cultivation.
Each nation is different, taking its path to legal production, but there is no doubt changes are happening fast. In Zambia, for instance, cannabis was 100 percent illegal until December of 2019, when politicians unanimously approved a proposal to legalize marijuana. However, recreational cannabis use is still illegal in Zambia. But, medicinal cannabis is legal, and Zambian growers can export hemp, opening up a huge potential export market.
Not surprisingly, a new Zambian Hemp Growers and Industries Association was formed in 2020 to capitalize on Zambian-grown hemp’s new opportunities.
The Right CBD Hemp Cultivar for Each Africa Micro-Climate
According to New Frontier Data, there are pockets of ideal regional conditions for hemp production all across the African continent.
Like anywhere worldwide, it is essential to pay attention to daylight requirements when growing hemp in Africa. Early planting dates around October or November are recommended for the Eastern and Western Cape regions. But of course, the real trick comes from choosing appropriate cultivars for specific climatic areas in Africa.
Regions like Zambia, which is lush, with a tropical and sub-tropical climate and heavy rains during the wet season, require a much different approach in production methods and cultivar selection than a country like Somalia, which is much drier, hot and desert-like conditions.
Climatic conditions, plus meeting each country’s specific legal requirements for hemp production (including THC limits), means appropriate cultivar selection is critical.
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