Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is a versatile plant that can be grown for its fiber, seed, or oil. The cannabis plant is one of the most versatile materials that can be found on planet Earth. 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. Hemp requires little to no pesticides and produces oxygen. Furthermore, hemp can be used to replace many potentially harmful products, such as tree paper, cosmetics, and plastics, most of which are petroleum-based and do not decompose easily.

The inaugural session will set an agenda for the Conference.

Welcome Address                                           :

Ms. Hena Ahluwalia

Director Media & PR

Indian Industrial Hemp Association (IIHA)

Presentation on                                              :

Dr. Bijay Sankar Ghosh 

Director (R&D)

Indian Industrial Hemp Association (IIHA)

Special Address                                             :

Dr. K M Chacko

Director

Shriram Institute of Industrial Research

Address by                                                      :

Dr. R. K. Tyagi

Director

Head of Division, Division of Germplasm

Conservation, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR)

:

Mr. Krishan Guptaa

Managing Director

Organic Wellness Products Private Limited

:

Mr. Chandra Prakash

CEO

Chandra Prakash & Company

Address by the Chief Guest                            :

Shri Amitabh Kant*

CEO, NITI Ayog

(National Institution for Transforming India), Government of India

Vote of Thanks                                                :

Mr. Rohit Sharma 

President

Indian Industrial Hemp Association (IIHA) & Managing Director Hemp Pharma AMRO

11.30 – 12.00 hrs        :

Tea Networking Break

12.00- 13.15 hrs          :

SESSION – I

INDUSTRIAL HEMP ACROSS THE GLOBE

As the world’s premier renewable resource, hemp has been the source of food and fibre for the past 10,000 years. Hemp fibre has been used to make clothing, ropes, and paper; the grain has been stewed, roasted, and milled for food; and the oil derived from the grain has been used for cosmetics, lighting, paints, varnishes, and medicinal preparations. An estimated 55,700 metric tons of industrial hemp are produced around the world each year. China, Russia, and South Korea are the leading hemp-producing nations. They account for 70 percent of the world’s industrial hemp supply.

Canada had 38,828 licensed acres of industrial hemp in 2011. Canadian exports of hemp seed and hemp products were estimated at more than $10 million, with most going to the U.S. Because there is no commercial industrial hemp production in the United States, the U.S. market is largely dependent on imports, both as finished hemp-containing products and as ingredients for use in further processing. More than 30 nations grow industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity. The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not allow industrial hemp production. Current industry estimates report that U.S. retail sales of all hemp-based products may exceed $300 million per year.

In this session, international players would share their experience that would help Indian counterparts in developing the efficiencies in the value chain…….

Session Chairman                                           :

Dr. K M Chacko

Director

Shriram Institute of Industrial Research

Medical use of THC + CBD in cancer and       :

HIV/AIDS, MS, and in Hyperactive

Children (Attention Deficit Syndrome)

Dr. Robert Gorter

Germany & USA

:

Mr. Krishan Guptaa

Managing Director

Organic Wellness Products Private Limited

:

Mr. Chandra Prakash

Managing Director

Chandra Prakash & Company

:

Mr. Carlos Saez

The Linneo Project, Spain

:

Dr. Kavya Dashora

Deputy Director (Science)

CABI South Asia – India Office

:

Ms. Hana Gabrielová 

International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI)

Czech Republic

13.15 – 14.00 hrs                                            :

Networking Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 hrs                                            :

SESSION – II

GROWING MARKET FOR INDUSTRY HEMP IN INDIA & WAY FORWARD

Strategically located in the tropic and subtropics zones, India receives ample sunshine throughout the year, which is an ideal condition for Hemp to thrive. A notable feature of Hemp is that it is an adaptable weed like crop that can withstand harsher temperatures compared to other fibrous crops. Correct usage of fertilizers is still not known to many farmers leading to deterioration of soil and its productivity. With its soil remediating properties, Hemp has the potential to greatly help in the rejuvenation of soils across the nation

 

While hemp is produced in the International Markets like US and UK in a limited commercial scale, the knowledge and awareness is yet to reach India. The aim of the Conference is to provide information about this ‘magic plant’ in the country.

Session Chairperson                                      :

Prof. Dr. Vandana Narang

Campus Director, NIFT

       :

Mr. S. Manikandan

Director Technical, IIHA

Industrial Hemp fibre composites                   :

An overview

Mr. Ashutosh Sahi

Assistant Professor, NIFT, Govt. of India

Along with

Prof (Dr.) Mukesh Kumar Singh,

Uttar Pradesh Textile Technology Institute, Kanpur (UPTTI)

* Invited