The Jamaica Gleaner writes
A MERE two years after Organic Growth Holdings (OGH) broke ground for a massive $540-million hemp production operation on former sugar lands near the old Long Pond Sugar Factory in Trelawny, the business has folded. It has been replaced by a new entity that is now planting agricultural crops on the 630-acre property.
While efforts to contact American investor Robert Weinstein, the president of OGH, have proven futile, Shawn Rogers, the managing director of Hampshire Agricultural Farms, has confirmed that his entity has acquired a lease for the property and is now using it for food production.
“We have signed a new lease for the 600 acres which was once occupied by Organic Growth Holdings. Our operation is different from the former operators. The farm now produces a variety of crops for both local and export markets. The crops include papaya, melon, Scotch bonnet and red peppers and Irish potatoes. Our plans are to maximise the 600 acres leased. Currently, we employ 80 persons and this number will increase as we plant more crops,” Rogers told The Gleaner.
While OGH did send off one shipment of CBD oil (cannibidoil) in December 2020, with a promise to ship more, the plan did not materialise as reports surfaced thereafter that the soil type in the area is unsuitable for the growing of hemp.