Seeds sown for world’s first hemp industrial base

Greg Flavall.

Fairfax NZ – HEMPING IT UP: New Zealand hemp advocate Greg Flavall stands in a field of hemp overseas showing how tall the plant can grow.
Hemp Technologies’ Gregory Flavall, based in Taranaki, would like to see the world’s first hemp industrial village located in his home province.
Originally from Stratford, Flavall has brought his knowledge and expertise of the hemp industry to Taranaki from the United States and the United Kingdom where he learned first-hand about processing hemp for a variety of uses.
With the tag line of ”Food, Fuel, Shelter, Jobs – Hemp is Now!,” Flavall said Hemp Technologies would like to help farmers in Taranaki realise better income and employ people to process hemp.
”Maize growers are looking for alternatives because maize beats the crap out of the earth while hemp does not. Hemp is a replenishing plant for the earth, like lucerne or alfalfa as we call it. It re-nitrogenises the soil after harvest, and it’s good at aerating soil, and is a break crop for other crops.”
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