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​Ganja other medicinal plants to be farmed on mined-out bauxite lands

Published:Friday | September 8, 2017 | 11:55 AM

The Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) has entered into an agreement with international nutraceutical and pharmaceutical company, Timeless Herbal Care, for the growing of medicinal plants on mined-out bauxite lands.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed on Tuesday, the JBI will provide technical training for farmers in the growing of the crops.

The farmers will sell the yield at market value to the company, which will extract the medicinal contents.

The plants to be cultivated are guinea hen weed, moringa, black castor bean, and medical cannabis.

Speaking at the signing ceremony Mining Minister, Mike Henry, said the deal will offer major economic benefits for the farmers.

Henry noted that the crops targeted under the initiative are in high demand worldwide.

Timeless Chief Executive Officer, Courtney Betty, said the initiative is about working with communities, establishing international partnerships and developing Jamaica’s natural plants.