The U Turn Foundation will organise the Hemp 2020 event in New Delhi which will be attended by the representatives of two Canadian companies working in the field of industrial hemp besides representatives of Indian companies. This event is expected to facilitate development in the commercial exploitation of industrial hemp in Uttarakhand.
According to the president of the foundation, Hemant Nav Kumar, “The two top companies of Canada, Canada Hemp Foods Private Limited and Midlake Speciality Food Products which are working in the field of industrial hemp for more than three decades will be joining us in India’s first meet up of industrial hemp on February 29 in New Delhi.”
Talking about commencing the Mission Hemp from Uttarakhand, Kumar said that they are beginning from here because the production of hemp is not legal in every state, and after leading from Uttarakhand where industrial hemp cultivation is legal, they can gradually enter into the states where it will be legalised in the future.
Besides, the market of industrial hemp will grow considerably in the coming years, so the foundation’s Mission Hemp will also help the states financially in addition to the farmers.
The U-Turn Foundation is also going to work on other projects like Value-Added Products for Agricultural Sustainability (VAPAS) wherein the farmers will be introduced to organic farming with high yields and specialised products of higher value and agrotech through which the gap between Uttarakhand farmers and agripreneurs can be reduced.According to joint secretary of the foundation Vineet Mishra, “Establishing Uttarakhand as a major player in the organic products industry will help and support farmers as well as entrepreneurs of the state.”
He further added that by providing sufficient source of income, the issue of migration from the mountainous areas of the state can also be mitigated considerably.
The U-Turn Foundation is also going to begin a ‘Adopt a Plant’ drive by distributing medicinal plants in which the citizens would be motivated to plant more and more medicinal plants in their homes.