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Dec. 1, 2014 - DELHI, India -- India’s first Annual HEMP Conference was held in New Delhi today at Indian Habitat Centre. The conference was organised by Indian Industrial Hemp Association in association with WASME (World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises), European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), Hemp Foods (Australia) and Hemp Age.

HEMP is one of the earliest domesticated plants known. It has been cultivated by many civilizations for over 12,000 years. Hemp is the common name for plants of the entire genus Cannabis. This term is often used to refer only to Cannabis strains cultivated for industrial (non-drug) use. Industrial Hemp has many uses, including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, health food, and fuel. It is one of the fastest growing biomasses known and one of the earliest domesticated plants known. It also runs parallel with the "Green Future" objectives that are becoming increasingly popular. China, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Austria, Turkey, Canada and United States of America are using Hemp and products of Hemp.

The conference commenced with the lamp lightening ceremony and by a welcome speech. Present at the conference were Shri OP Sharma Ex-Governor of Nagaland, Shri Jagdish Yadav Ex-forest Minister, Haryana, Dr. KM Chacko, Director Shriram Institute of Industrial Research, Smt. Alpana Gupta, Superintendent of Central Bureau of Narcotics, Prof. Dr. Vandana Narang, Campus Director NIFT, Shripad Yesso Naik, Director of Ayush Herbal products. Dr. P.C. Sabarwal, Executive Director WASME, Mr. Rohit Sharma Zonal Director NCB (National Control Bureau) and Mr. Somesh Singh, Director Institute of Apparel Management, Gurgaon.

International Hemp experts from various parts of the world were present their as the speakers and also showcased their products. The objective of the conference was to bring together the government officials, the international hemp industries and organisations and all segments of the Indian private industries to examine the importance of Industrial Hemp in the world economy and assess the opportunities that exist. The members of the International Hemp association expressed their gratitude towards IIHA (Indian International Hemp association)
for taking this initiative of organising this type of unique conference in India for the first time. The key speakers of the conference were Dr. Bijoy Ghosh (Director Research & development IIHA), Mr. Daniel Kruse (Director, Hempro Int. & EIHA), Mr. Paul Benhaim (Founder, Hemp Foods Australia), Mr. Tony Budden (Marketing Director, emporium South Africa) and Mr.Bernd Frank.

The conference covered the following agenda:

• Statistic Data of Industrial Hemp around the world.

• IIHA working & development.

• Industrial Hemp for Economic and Agriculture development of India.

• Traditional Crop versus New Crop.

• Industrial Hemp fibre, construction and food.

• Benefits of Medicinal uses of Industrial Hemp like CBD.

• Importance of Multilateral Negotiations.

• The Role of Government Measures in the Hemp Economy

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Rohit Sharma, Executive Director of IIHA said,” Industrial Hemp is something which can bring a revolution in the industry. Hemp fibre is the strongest fibre in the world and its seeds can be used for both raw and the oils. It can easily replace any cotton base products. The main aim of the conference was to provide a leading opportunity for various industries, governments and international agencies to discuss, first hand, the uses of Industrial Hemp and the ways and means to increase the visibility of the industry in multilateral negotiations”

“This conference is a big initiative towards bring this industrial Hemp in India .It has potential to cure Cancer and is indeed a next generation crop and can bring revolution our country. ”said Smt. Alpana Gupta, Superintendent of Central Bureau of Narcotics.