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Cultivation, harvesting and processing of hemp straw and hemp seeds

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Hessisches Ministerium für Umwelt, Klimaschutz, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz

Federal State



Mainzer Straße 80
65189 Wiesbaden

Website: External link to the authority

Project Title

Cultivation, harvesting and processing of hemp straw and hemp seeds

Project description

The hemp plant is regarded as one of the oldest useful plants on earth. Despite the many possible uses of the individual plant parts, there are hardly any cultivation areas in Germany. This poses various challenges for the development of a value-added chain to the hemp plant. A first difficulty is the lack of locally adapted hemp varieties. Furthermore, high transport costs and long transport distances of the harvesting technology impair the economic efficiency of hemp cultivation. Last but not least, there are hardly any empirical values on the different demands on conveying technology, drying and storage of hemp seeds.

The OG has therefore set itself the goal of establishing hemp cultivation in the Werra-Meißner district with as many value-added chains as possible. Here, both the partial processing of the hemp plant on site as well as the optimization of the cultivation and the breeding of plants adapted to the location are planned. In the long term it is planned to ensure the processing of the entire hemp plant into various products (hemp straw for hemp fibre, hemp seeds for seeds, hemp oil, hemp nuts for bakeries and hemp nuts for animal feed).

Final report

Results and the Final report will be found here, as soon as the project is completed.

Results focusing on practiceorientation

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Key words

  • Farming practice/activity
  • Farming equipment
  • Plant production and horticulture
  • Biodiversity
  • Food industry
  • Product/service
  • Marketing/supply chain

Main funding source

Rural development 2014-2020 for Operational Groups (in the sense of Art 56 of Reg.1305/2013)

OG contact information

Kreisbauernverband Werra-Meißner e.V.
An den Anlagen 2
37269 Eschwege

Phone: 05651/745660

Email: kbv.wmk.roth@gmail.com

Type of OG partners

  • Farmer
  • Farmer
  • Farmer
  • Farmer

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