Modified requirements for fibre hemp producers
As of 1 January 2018, the new developed Procedure for Surveillance of Growing Hemp for Fibre and Control of Supply to the Market provides for new provisions reducing bureaucratic demands and increasing the requirements to the quality of produce:
- The term for submission of information on the type of hemp intended to be grown for fibre has been extended – from now on, the designated period is not three, but five business days from the date of acquisition of hemp seeds.
- The hemp producers will also be permitted to use the certified seeds preserved from last year’s sowing, provided the packaging marking has not been damaged and the germination conforms to the minimum requirement of 75 %.
- The registration logs of hemp cultivated and supplied to the market and fibre hemp (grown for gardening purposes) products have been abolished.
- The procedure for destruction of hemp crop and products has been legalised.
In 2017, 154 Lithuanian producers have declared nearly 2,500 ha (334 fields) of hemp grown for fibre, which it twice the number declared in 2014 (when 79 producers declared 1,069 ha). A total of 13 fibre hemp species have been cultivated in Lithuania in 2017.