Costa Rica first hemp authorization granted

An agriculture conglomerate has received the first authorization to grow and process hemp in Costa Rica under a recently signed resolution from the country’s agriculture ministry.

Farming and food conglomerate Ingenio Taboga SA said it plans to plant hemp and build a processing factory at a 150-acre site.

Taboga, based in Bebedero de Cañas, Guanacaste, lists products in alcohol-based sanitizers, specialty sugars, natural sweeteners, protein powders and CBD on its website.

‘Extremely important

“For the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), the development of responsible and efficient agricultural activities with significant agro-export potential is extremely important,” said Agriculture Minister Víctor Carvajal, who signed off on the Taboga license.

The minister said seven hemp more projects are being considered for authorization, with approval expected soon.

Under rules approved by agriculture and health officials in September, hemp farming and production licenses are intended to be inexpensive and widely available in Costa Rica. Individuals and legal entities can be authorized to grow and process hemp, and rules are set for post-harvesting, storing, transporting, product manufacturing, marketing, importing and export of health, food and industrial products.

Read more at Hemp Today

History made in Costa Rica, as first hemp authorization is granted

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