DEVELOPMENT OF HEMP INDUSTRY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND LATVIA

Anastasija Vilcina, Gunta Grinberga- Zalite, Kristine Makovska

Abstract


Hemp is a very valuable plant because each part of it can be used in many ways. It can be used to produce innovative products for building construction, chemical industry, medicine, textile production, consumption, and agriculture. In the article, the authors have aggregated the information about hemp cultivation and processing sector development in the European Union and Latvia and have described its cultivation possibilities, technological processes, and processing capabilities. The aim of the present article was to reveal the topicalities of hemp industry development in the European Union and Latvia. The tasks of the research were to present an overall description of hemp industry development trends in the European Union and to characterize hemp industry development in Latvia focusing on the national support activities and hemp cultivation and processing opportunities. The authors of the article have performed an extensive secondary data analysis to summarize the most important activities that should be done at the national scale to further enhance the development of hemp industry in Latvia.

KEY WORDS: hemp, industry, production, Latvia.

JEL CODES: O18, Q16

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15181/rfds.v14i3.876



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