Govt given ultimatum over cannabis cultivation licenses

M’mbelwa Investment Limited (MIL) farmers have given a 7-day ultimatum to government to issue out Industrial Hemp growing licences to farmers in the country

Speaking to YFM Spokesperson for MIL Reverend William Kangawakako Mumba said they are giving one week to government to issue out licences for cannabis cultivation or return the money they have used to organise themselves so far.

“We will wait till Friday to hear from government on licences otherwise we will be engaging our lawyers to map the way forward,” said Mumba.

Commenting on the same one of the farmers registered under MIL Martin Kumwenda bemoaned the delay saying they abandoned other activities to focus on cannabis cultivation but nothing has been done so far

“We abandoned other activities such as businesses to concentrate on Cannabis cultivation since it looks promising but it is taking too long to commence,” said Kumwenda.

MIL is an initiative of five thousand smallholder farmers who mobilised themselves to engage in cannabis value chain in Mzimba district with an aim of creating wealth and employment through cannabis production in line with the Tonse Alliance government goal of creating one million jobs.

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