The licensing system for Hemp growers in the UK is damaging the industry both through delays and also restrictions on which part of the plant can be used for industrial processes.
Our new film report shows the plight of Hempen Farm near Reading where the growers are still waiting for news of their license. The plants can only go into the ground in early May, but if the farm co-operative is not granted a license they have to plant other crops by mid-March, and there are now only a few days before they are forced to order other seeds. Any other crop will be far less valuable and costs them around £1500,000 in lost revenue only s few days
Last year’s crop was destroyed after a bureaucratic mess-up, losing the group £200,000.