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Free State Premier Launches ‘Hemp Mega Project’ at Springfontein; Aims to Empower 250 Cannabis Farmers

Free State Premier Launches ‘Hemp Mega Project’ at Springfontein; Aims to Empower 250 Cannabis Farmers

The Free State is the latest province to announce plans to capitalize on industrial cannabis, or “hemp”. It has launched a project at Springfontein aimed at creating employment through processing industrial cannabis and has also set aside R5 million for a provincial cannabis budget.

Cannabiz Africa/Food for Msanzi

30 May 2024 at 08:00:00

In April 2024 the Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Saki Mokoena said R5 million would be allocated to plant cannabis and implement a cannabis value- adding project in the province.


He said: “Agriculture has an important role to play, and if we expand production, we can expand our economy and job creation in the province. But it’s important that we focus not only on primary production, but value-adding as well.”


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Now the Department has announced plans to develop the sleepy town of Springfontein into an industrial cannabis hub that seeks to empower 250 local producers and eventually create 650 jobs. It's expected that most of the R5 million provincial budget will be invested here. Cannabiz Africa is unaware of any private sector players in investment discussions with the provincial government.


This report from Food for Mzansi Online, 23 May 2024.


In addressing farmers and community members of Springfontein on 20 May 2024, Premier Mxolisi Dukwana said the industrial cannabis project was one of the many  mentioned during the State of the Province Address.


“We need to bring development in this area as Xhariep District has a high unemployment rate but suitable for cannabis production under a controlled environment,” he said.


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“The Industrial Hempowerment project is expected to act as a processing centre for hemp in the province. It is envisaged that this project in Xhariep will serve as an incubator for hemp (Cannabis Sativa) projects.”


Dukwana stated that with Springfontein’s population of 3 600, he believes that once the local producers are well-trained, they will be able to create jobs for many of the unemployed residents in the area.


“We intend using this agri-park as a hub for processing in the province because it is important that we take over the whole value chain as the province and utilise the expertise we have,” he said.


Meanwhile, Irene Mehlomakhulu, the executive mayor of Xhariep District Municipality, said the project is going to be a turning point to the economy of the area and change many lives.


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"With different phases, people of Xhariep will be employed on to this project because it can only be through jobs that poverty, unemployment, and inequality can be addressed,” she said.Mehlomakhulu added that not only young people will work but people of all ages will get an opportunity. “We are very excited about the project as leaders in the local government sphere, it is a game-changer in our district,” he said.


The head of the department of agriculture, Dr Takisi Masiteng, said the aim of the agri-park is to have a one-stop shop in the area. He added that there was going to be abattoirs for livestock farmers in the area.


The Xhariep Agri-Hub will include 10x30m greenhouse tunnels for vegetables and hemp, complete with irrigation, tables and lights.Several initiatives are at various stages extending from infrastructure development for the permit application, primary production of the hemp/cannibas, processing as well as marketing.

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