A grouping of Pan-African professionals advocating for legalization of Industrial Hemp in Malawi has said that it is happy with the outcome of the recent awareness campaign held at Lilongwe Golf Club capital Malawi.
The grouping engaged the Black Missionaries perform at an event dubbed; “Legalisation of Industrial Hemp Festival. It is encouraging to note that many people are eager to learn and know more about this cash crop,” said Kemet Forum, chairperson of the forum Sangwani Msofi, adding that it is not the first event to engage the public face-to-face to explain to them what Industrial Hemp is all about.
“Most of the activities the forum has conducted have been panel discussions and interviews in the media and academic discussions which are largely indoors and engages only privileged members of society.
“The festival in Lilongwe was the first open-air activity that we engaged with all classes of people. We were impressed with the curiosity many had that was generated upon seeing displayed products from industrial Hemp and many were eager to learn more about the cash crop,” Msofi said.
He observed that the festival aroused a great drive to conduct similar activities to reach out to more people and clear out the misconceptions surrounding Industrial Hemp.
Billy Banda and Member of Parliament for Ntchisi North Boniface Kadzamira who raised the matter in parliament earlier this year were in attendance. Kadzamira is of the view that Industrial Hemp as a cash crop has enormous economic potential.
Kemet Forum, whose name means land of the blacks and was the original name for Egypt, has been carrying out activities related to the call for the legalisation of Industrial Hemp.
In July this year, the forum held a seminar at Chancellor College in Zomba under the theme “Demystifying Cannabis.” Professor of Economics at Chancellor College Ben Kalua made a presentation in which he called for the de-politicisation of the production of Cannabis-locally known as Chamba- arguing industrial hemp has the potential to steer the country’s economy Atowards recovery.