Zimbabwe to legalise growing of industrial hemp

    Harare – Zimbabwe will change its laws to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp for export, cabinet ministers said on Tuesday, adding that the government saw the plant as a future substitute for tobacco, the country’s biggest export earning crop. Industrial hemp is a strain of a cannabis species that is grown specifically for industrial uses of its derived products. Its fibre is used in textiles and paper, and it also produces edible seeds. The southern African nation’s laws only allow cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific…

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Reports of Zimbabwe-Zambia standoff over illegal maize sales

JOHANNESBURG – The ban on the buying and selling of maize among unauthorised persons in Zimbabwe has reportedly caused a stand-off between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Pindula News reported on Monday that last week Zambia denied entry to some Zimbabweans, citing lack of proper documentation, in what appears to be a retaliatory move against Harare for confiscating maize destined for Zambia. The maize was confiscated because the Zimbabwean authorities were trying to enforce a new law which gives the country’s Grain and Marketing Board (GMB) the exclusive rights to buy and…

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