The Jersey Evening Post reports

FARMERS could soon grow their own hemp from local seeds as part of a new initiative to boost Jersey’s agriculture industry.

Jersey Hemp is seeking to certify its seeds and distribute them to Island farmers with the company’s new science officer Alisia Ratliff saying that the initiative was part of their expansion strategy to partner with more local growers.

Ms Ratliff, who recently arrived in Jersey after working in the US industry, said that she had been tasked with helping grow the company’s operations, including developing its lab facilities based at Warwick Farm in St Helier.

Jersey Hemp, which was the first company in the British Isles to receive a licence to produce hemp derivative cannabidiol, recently announced it is looking to raise £6 million to fund its expansion plans, £1 million of which will come through crowd-funding.

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