Is Hemp India’s Next Cash Crop?

Not long ago we spoke with Hemp Fabric Lab to get more information about hemp in India and how it is being used and regulated. Because we believe in the hemp movement, we try to make things better wherever we are and are glad to see it becoming acceptable in other parts of the world. For us, this often means focusing on concerns of our own country and what we might be able to do in our communities. Efforts like these are being made all over the world.

Hemp is a plant that grows naturally in India, and it has been a useful resource for many generations. The question is, how is it different from the modern hemp industry? Here we’ll look at that question and how it might seem as we go forward.

A growing trend?

In India, the hemp industry is now in its early stages. Even though this is true, hemp has been used in India for centuries for things like fuel, rope, and food. There are now many training programs to help people learn agricultural techniques for growing hemp. India has some similar guidelines to the US such as the fact that they want the hemp that is produced to have less than .3% of THC in it.

In the last five years, interest and demand have grown for hemp-based products. Women weavers and artisans in the Himalayan villages are increasing. The communities there are making more handloom products from hemp such as stoles, shawls, and accessories.

Investors put in a hundred fifty million U.S. dollars recently according to Hemp Today. That investment went to the Indian Industrial Hemp Association. That organization wants to take advantage of the growing Global industry, and they’re looking to produce more products from Indian hemp. The only difficulty is that wild hemp in the country typically contains more than .3% THC. The organization hopes to encourage the government to raise the limit to 1.5%. The solution to the wild hemp challenge would be to import hemp clones into the country containing the genetics to produce the desired amounts of cannabinoids

India’s Hemp Regulation Laws

For the last few decades, the laws in India that regulate hemp have been looser than those found in America. NDPS was established in 1985 and is an established regulation that let’s state governments make their policies for the commercial cultivation of hemp. They allow that as long as the growers provide verifiable scientific evidence that the hemp being grown is not misused. Hemp was legal for centuries and then prohibited, but in 1985 it was again legalized.

Re-Legalization Of Hemp In India

The federal government still keeps relatively strict guidelines. Because of this, only two states in the country have developed set policies that govern the cultivation and research of hemp. These are Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. This is not unlike what is happening in America as well. The most significant difference between the two countries is that it has been possible to grow it legally in India since 1985.

The efforts made by organizations such as the IIHA have made it possible for India to examine different products that might be made from hemp. Some companies that are making it profitable use it for drinks and hemp seed oil, as well as clothing and other fabrics. By some accounts, the use of hemp in India is more diverse than the CBD Market that is found in the US. Even so, the demand for the product in the country didn’t begin to grow until recently.

Sustainable Fashion

One company we spoke with told us that they’d worked hard to build a brand name for themselves as well as credibility and goodwill in the marketplace. They said that they are collaborating with others and using social media to work towards those goals. Doing these types of sales has helped them grow their fashion sense and allowed them to incorporate the use of hemp in their fashion.

Revamping India’s Agriculture

There have been quite a few problems that have plagued rural agriculture in the country. These include socioeconomic factors, an over-dependence on commercial crops, and other factors that cause the residents to leave rural communities to move to the city. These factors go to the rural areas unproductive in India.

Companies like the one we spoke with believe they can bring solutions to India’s agriculture. Because hemp has a reasonably short cultivation cycle and it doesn’t require as much water and other factors make it practical to use the raw fibers to produce finished products. Even so, it is easy to see that for India to grow this opportunity it needs the help of the government and farming communities.

The ever-growing popularity of hemp in India is something to take note of. Just as in other parts of the world there is a demand for organic foods and materials like Hempcrete. Countries like India and others are looking to use more hemp as an eco-friendly material.

There’s been a rise in the number of organizations that want to work in this trade over the last few years inside of the industry segment. India contributes about half a percent of the global hemp market currently. At the moment, when new businesses rise they are not seen as competition because it is a natural progression of a growing industry.

Is Fashion Progressing The Hemp Trend?

Small companies and artisans can order a small amount of fabric made of hemp from Hemp Fabric Labs. This has proven to promote the acceptance of this component in fashion. They believe that the fashion industry is key to improving the recognition of hemp because of the influence the industry has with people. Having this product accepted widely is the goal that has been set by Hemp Fabric Lab.

They offer a substantial range of fabrics such as knits, woven, and heirloom varieties as their core offerings. Their parent company is Bombay Hemp Company, and it is in charge of managing all aspects of industrial hemp. This includes textiles, medicine, clothing, and food.

This Corporation is making efforts to develop clothing that will be enjoyed by the masses. Make a range of clothes that include casual wear, semi-formal and workwear, and it is made from 100% hemp. They also make clothing that is a combination of organic cotton and hemp. They also use this product together with other blends for the enjoyment of those in India.

They believe their market is mainly people between the age of 21 years old and 50 years old. Their customers want clothes that are easy to wear and that are suitable for those who are very active. Their clothes are designed to be desirable for the majority.

Future Looking

The company we interviewed told us that the industry as a whole in India is still evolving. Because of this fact, there is still a great deal of work to do to gain more momentum. This is not only true within their industry but also helping other countries understand the benefits of this product.

The company said that they were very grateful for having the involvement and support of the Indian government as well as essential leaders. Having these things in place has been a great help to the parent company and its long journey as an enterprise involved in agriculture and how it shapes the perception of industrial hemp.

They feel that this movement in India is the perfect place for it to happen. 60% of areas throughout the country have wild cannabis growing naturally, so is there enough biomass to go around? There’s a strong correlation between India’s historic culture and the growing of hemp. Because modern technology has improved the overall quality of hemp as a raw material, it opens the door for India to become a leader in this industry. They hope that they can lead the way to the world embracing the industrial hemp industry.