Hemp seen as a timely cash crop

After it was removed from the list of controlled substances in January, hemp is now being grown on more than 3,250 rai of land by 324 parties granted permission to do so for commercial purposes as the plant gains traction as a budding cash crop.

Another 127 similar requests are awaiting the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some 34 requests for permission to grow hemp for research purposes have been green-lit while another 11 are pending approval, said Dr Withit Saritdichaikun, deputy secretary-general of the FDA.

A total of 86 parties have been granted permission to import hemp seeds and so far at least 6.1 million seeds, costing 926.8 million baht, have been imported into Thailand from the US, the Netherlands and Denmark.

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