EU-Italian financed task intends to establish hemp supply chains in Sicily

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Sicilian authorities claim they will certainly introduce a broad-based program focused on establishing regional supply chains for commercial hemp.

The campaign, “Canapa New Technology” (” New Technology Hemp”), is under the Sicily Rural Growth Program (PSR), which purchases farming, forestry and environmental management. PSR, which is collectively moneyed by the European Union and the Sicilian Area, has actually not shown the degree of financial investment.

The task will certainly back the growth of brand-new hemp selections, perform tests in several websites, advancement brand-new gathering techniques, sustain the growth of cutting-edge modern technologies for the removal of oils from hemp seeds, and advertise hemp items.

Organic & & traditional

The total objective is to establish natural and traditional hemp supply chains for the hemp food, cosmetics and fabric fields, the Sicily PSR claimed in a declaration. The 1 year program will certainly range from June 2024 to June 2025 in the districts of Caltanissetta, Catania, Palermo, Ragusa and Messina.

Hemp supporters in Sicily claim the area, with its seaside levels and river valleys, is specifically ideal for hemp farming throughout the spring-summer period.

Salvatore Zappalà, Chief Executive Officer of Millasensi, Bari, Puglia, which won the tender to take care of New Technology Hemp, claimed the program “includes the transfer of modern technologies and procedures to firms to end up being much more lasting. As an example, by recouping waste we can improve the property market by prototyping brand-new products.

” From the fiber market we can get bioplastics, searching in specific at the aerospace and maritime fields, which are extremely rewarding,” Zappalà claimed.

Tasks of the program

According to PSR, the program will certainly:

  • Reinforce the abilities and expertise of business owners and drivers in the area’s commercial hemp market.
  • Increase research study, technical growth and development by enhancing cooperation amongst farming firms, colleges and research study companies.
  • Assistance the growth of professionals and professionals in dirt administration and lasting administration techniques in hemp cosmetics, food and fabrics.
  • Apply accuracy farming strategies using multispectral drone remote picking up.
  • Set up a climate terminal to check temperature level, rainfall, moisture, wind, dirt temperature level, electric conductivity and solar radiation.
  • Perform greenhouse and area examinations on the automation of harvesting and handling procedures.
  • Apply cutting-edge modern technologies for the removal of oil and healthy proteins from seeds.
  • Create cutting-edge seed flours, and microwave-assisted hydro-distillation of the terpene portions for essences from hemp blossoms.


Along with Millasensi, individuals are: F.lli Podimani SS of Ragusa; Messina, Catania, Gela Caltanissetta, Terranova Antonio, Belpasso, Catania; Dibennardo Vincenzo, Comiso, Ragusa; Chiaramonte Gulfi, Ragusa; La Duca Ignazio, Valledolmo, Palermo; the College of Turin’s Division of Drug Scientific Research and Innovation; and Colori del Sole of Palermo, a printing firm.

The clinical supervisor is Giancarlo Cravotto, a teacher of Organic Chemistry at the College of Turin.

A comparable campaign, Multicanapa, was released in Sicily in 2021, co-financed by the Italian state and the EU’s European Agricultural Fund for Rural Growth.

With reporting by Canapa Industriale

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