Some 1,054 farmers applied for permission to plant industrial cannabis in the past two years, said Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli, as reported by the daily Cumhuriyet.
The farming of cannabis with a low rate of psychoactive compounds, aka industrial cannabis, is encouraged through a project that the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has initiated.
The seeds are still in production and will be registered officially either this year or in 2021. The indigenous seeds will be multiplied to make Turkey self-sustaining in production.
The import of cannabis seeds requires the particular strain of the plant to be registered with the government, Pakdemirli said. Turkey has no cannabis strains registered, and therefore can not import seeds, the Minister added.
The cities of Sinop and Samsun in the Black Sea region will be producing fibers from the plants while the southeastern city of Diyarbakır will focus on cannabis oil.