Eastern Cape Cannibis delegation learns from Canada
The Eastern Cape government accompanied by stakeholders in the cannabis industry left for Canada last week to interact with Canadian Cannabis Licenced Producers, Cannabis investors and other players influencing the Canadian Cannabis industry hosted by the South African Consul-General in Toronto, Nyameko Goso.
This served as a deliberate decision by the province to transform and develop the economy by facilitating the development of the Cannabis industry, agricultural commodities and other sectors. The delegates include Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR), MEC Nomakhosazana Meth, MEC Mlungisi Mvoko who is responsible for Finance, Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism supported by local municipality Mayors from Ntabankulu, Nyandeni, Ingquza Hill and Port St. Johns
“Part of the delegation is anchored by business and farmers who are mainly part of the EC Cannabis Project Steering Committee representing the communities with a long history of hemp research trials and indigenous knowledge systems on cannabis,” said Ayongezwa Lungisa, spokesperson for the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform.
This Business Interaction is part of the Provincial Government’s commitment to attracting cannabis investors to the Eastern Cape Province, and this also includes facilitating that Canadian investors and companies consider signing off-take agreements with the Eastern Cape-based Cannabis companies and growers, as the Canadian cannabis industry is currently playing a leading role globally.
Some of the nominated farmers or growers already possess hemp permits and some represent organized structures and companies that are in the process of applying for medical Cannabis cultivation licences with business plans and established plants.
The interactions of the Eastern Cape delegation with investors in Canada are aimed at creating an environment of knowledge sharing, between Eastern Cape producers and Canadian experts, on the regulatory framework, actual commercial production according to market required standards and new technologies of production.
“We need to establish market access of Hemp and Cannabis that will be planted and beneficiated in the Eastern Cape. The ongoing research on relevant technologies and techniques for a meaningful Cannabis sector participation for the communities of the Eastern Cape is a critical necessity for the Eastern Cape,” said Lungisa.
Canada has strong and well-established diplomatic relations with South Africa. The interaction of Eastern Cape delegation with Canadians will promote the agricultural and rural development agenda of the Eastern Cape Province. This will go a long way towards supporting agriculture as a game changer in our rural economy and ultimately the economy of the Province.