Zim aims to tap into industrial hemp market following government approval | Fin24
  • Load Shedding

    Find the latest load shedding schedules for Joburg, Durban, Cape Town, and other cities.

  • Peter Moyo

    The former Old Mutual CEO says he wants its directors jailed for six months without option of a fine.

  • Fin24’s newsletter

    Sign up to receive Fin24's top news in your inbox every morning.


Zim aims to tap into industrial hemp market following government approval

Aug 07 2019 22:41
Crecey Kuyedzwa

Zimbabwe is looking at tapping into the industrial hemp market after its cabinet approved the repeal of laws banning the plant's cultivation, the country's Minister of Information Monica Mutsvangwa has said. 

In a post cabinet briefing on Tuesday the minister said cabinet "considered and approved the proposal on the production of industrial hemp in the country."

She said the cultivation of industrial hemp was aimed at positioning it as a substitute for tobacco, Zimbabwe's current leading export crop.

"[Tobacco] is currently facing possibilities of being banned internationally due to its adverse effects on health," she said. "Industrial hemp will widen the country's industrial and export base."

"[...] the law governing the use and control of hemp in the country will be repealed to reflect the current industrial thrust of the country," said Minister Mutsvangwa.

According to the Agricultural Research Council, hemp is used make over 25 000 consumer products, "from hemp apparel and accessories to house-wares and hempseed oil cosmetics".

It can also be used in the production of cellophane, paints, biodegradable plastics, paper and cement blocks. 

Since 2018 Zimbabwe has made provision for the limited cultivation and processing of cannabis specifically for medicinal and scientific purposes. 



Company Snapshot


Struggling power utility Eskom will take centre stage at this year's mini budget

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

What do you think about private healthcare in SA?

Previous results · Suggest a vote