Hemp harvest this Friday

Industrial hemp grown at secret location will have multitude of uses.

Industrial hemp grown at secret location will have multitude of uses.

HARVEST TIME: Some of the 5000 hemp plants grown last summer for Hikurangi Enterprises’ hemp trial in Ruatoria. More are being grown this summer, with a view to selecting a plant with favourable medicinal characteristics. Pictures by Manu Caddie
FLOWER BUDS: The crop is ready for harvest and this Friday members of the Ruatoria community are invited to help out and learn more about hemp and its many uses.

A RUATORIA hemp trial is ready for harvest and this Friday the community can come and smell, touch and smoke the plant, and learn what all the hype is about.

Hikurangi Enterprises secured a licence from the Health Ministry last year to establish a small trial crop of industrial hemp in Ruatoria this growing season. They planted it in mid-December.

General manager Panapa Ehau said the crop had grown well and they had about 5000 plants ready to harvest.

“We have kept the location secret to protect the crop from curious public, but we are now keen to let the public see, smell, touch and smoke the plant so they get a better understanding of its properties.”

One of the biggest misconceptions and curiosities was the ability to smoke industrial hemp. However, due to the low THC level, one person would have to smoke a joint “the size of a power pole” to get a high from a hemp crop.

The Institute of Environmental Science and Research has verified the THC level in the crop is less than 0.1 percent, which complies with government regulations for industrial hemp production.

The harvest process will involve removing the whole plant, as Hikurangi Enterprises is seeking to use the roots as well as the stalks, seeds and seed husks.

The trial was to look at a wide range of alternative ways of using local whenua that was beneficial for the land, would provide jobs and make a profit.

The possibilities for industrial hemp include foodstuffs, health products, textiles and as a housing solution.

Mr Ehau said with the decriminilisation of marijuana likely in the near future, they also needed to look at alternative industries for the region.

“We can all see the writing is on the wall for marijuana to be decriminalised and many local whanau rely on revenue from that crop to supplement whatever other income they can bring into the household.

“We need to be at the forefront to ensure we have a viable alternative that can earn even more money now and into the future.”

The harvest will take place this Friday. Those interested need to meet at EIT campus Ruatoria on Hekiera Street at 8.30am to travel to the location. Some transport will be provided. Bring water and shared kai for lunch.

A RUATORIA hemp trial is ready for harvest and this Friday the community can come and smell, touch and smoke the plant, and learn what all the hype is about.

Hikurangi Enterprises secured a licence from the Health Ministry last year to establish a small trial crop of industrial hemp in Ruatoria this growing season. They planted it in mid-December.

General manager Panapa Ehau said the crop had grown well and they had about 5000 plants ready to harvest.

“We have kept the location secret to protect the crop from curious public, but we are now keen to let the public see, smell, touch and smoke the plant so they get a better understanding of its properties.”

One of the biggest misconceptions and curiosities was the ability to smoke industrial hemp. However, due to the low THC level, one person would have to smoke a joint “the size of a power pole” to get a high from a hemp crop.

The Institute of Environmental Science and Research has verified the THC level in the crop is less than 0.1 percent, which complies with government regulations for industrial hemp production.

The harvest process will involve removing the whole plant, as Hikurangi Enterprises is seeking to use the roots as well as the stalks, seeds and seed husks.

The trial was to look at a wide range of alternative ways of using local whenua that was beneficial for the land, would provide jobs and make a profit.

The possibilities for industrial hemp include foodstuffs, health products, textiles and as a housing solution.

Mr Ehau said with the decriminilisation of marijuana likely in the near future, they also needed to look at alternative industries for the region.

“We can all see the writing is on the wall for marijuana to be decriminalised and many local whanau rely on revenue from that crop to supplement whatever other income they can bring into the household.

“We need to be at the forefront to ensure we have a viable alternative that can earn even more money now and into the future.”

The harvest will take place this Friday. Those interested need to meet at EIT campus Ruatoria on Hekiera Street at 8.30am to travel to the location. Some transport will be provided. Bring water and shared kai for lunch.

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Jen - 2 years ago
This is awesome. Hopefully CBD will be available here.

Kelly Hindmarsh - 2 years ago
Awesome stuff. I'm in America at the moment and in a lot of states it's legal.