Bangkok Post Report: Plans see country as a ‘hemp hub’

Pornchai Padmindra, president of the Thai Industrial Hemp Trade Association, said the association has made a hemp development plan for use between 2022 and 2075 as part of a plan to support agricultural products and make Thailand a key manufacturer of hemp-based products in the medical sector.

“We expect hemp products will be a new source of revenue in the future and create new opportunities in the market,” he said.

The association expects the hemp market in Thailand to grow by 25% a year, and in the next three years the market value is expected to increase to 3 trillion baht, up from 800 billion baht at present.

Many companies have already announced plans for hemp business development.

Eastern Spectrum Group, a local marijuana and hemp business operator, said it plans to develop 5,000 rai of hemp plantation in Ratchaburi over a three-year period to make high value-added products for medicine, cosmetics, and food and beverage industries.

The company expects to harvest 90,000 tonnes of hemp a year, allowing it to make 3 tonnes of CBD oil annually to serve demand.

Weerachai Nanakorn, honorary president of the Thai Industrial Hemp Trade Association, stressed the group will continue to promote hemp and build a new industry for the plants.

“Hemp can be developed and go to upstream, mid-stream and downstream production processes,” he said.

The association and the Industry Ministry are scheduled to organise the Thailand International Hemp Forum and Expo next year. Japan held the first international hemp exhibition titled “International Hemp Environmental Forum”.

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