ABOUT HEMP IN MALAWI
With much of the Malawian countryside suitable for agriculture, from the hot, humid lowlands of the Great Rift Valley to the more temperate upland regions that surround it, Ikaros Africa endeavours to bring their cumulative experience of over 50 years in the medical agricultural industry, to the heart of Malawi.
Whilst the cultivation, processing and selling of hemp and hemp-related products remains illegal in Malawi, Ikaros Africa aims to further promote one of the three big C’s of this agriculturally dependent country: Chamba (hemp), Chombe (tea) and Chambo (tilapia fish). With so much misconception and misinformation about hemp - particularly in the unfounded association between hemp used for medicinal purposes and fibre-based products, and the illegal narcotic, marijuana – Ikaros aspires to promote the economical and agricultural benefits of hemp cultivation and processing, through the expansion of legal cultivation and trade.
With the recent change in perception, the Malawian Government has been working through the processes of legalizing the cultivation, processing and sale of hemp-based products and extracts. Being a new industry for Malawi, it will require new legislation, regulation and policy changes.
In this regard, a group of well-known and respected individuals, all experts in their fields and who are intimately familiar with the industry, have united to form Malawi Hemp Association. This association aims to work closely together with the various government department of the Malawian Government, to assist in creating appropriate legislative, regulatory and policy framework, thus ensuring strict oversight and management of the industry.