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Lesotho Opens its Doors for the Export of Colombian Cannabis Seeds

Lesotho has recently announced that it will accept Colombian cannabis seeds, being the third country to do so, so far in 2021. Currently, Colombia has 740 cannabis cultivars, 438 registrations granted by the ICA as certified seed producers, 56 registrations to seed exporters, 51 registrations as agronomic evaluation units, and 35 registrations as breeding research units.

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Positive news for Colombia‘s cannabis production industry comes with the opening of a new market for the seed of this plant. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Colombian Agricultural Institute announced the admissibility of cannabis seed of Colombian origin to the Kingdom of Lesotho, Africa.

There, the requirements for exporting Colombian cannabis seeds have been agreed upon, among which are:

Submit a copy of the license issued by the Ministry of Justice authorizing the export of the product in question. Submit a copy of the ICA registration as a seed exporter. The exporter must also present all the merchandise at the place of departure of the shipment for physical inspection by the ICA official who will validate the phytosanitary quality of the plant material, the absence of quarantine pests for the importing country, and that the shipment is free of soil or any foreign material. And that the packaging used must be properly labeled, new, and of first use in order to prevent the possibility of contamination.

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Lesotho follows Switzerland

So far in 2021, Lesotho is the third country to open its doors for the export of cannabis seeds, after Switzerland (162 units exported) and Argentina (0.5 kg exported). Meanwhile, Peru, Uruguay, and the United Kingdom accepted the admissibility of this product in 2020.

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“From the ICA we are aware of the importance of the medical cannabis sector for the country and the economic growth it has had in recent years. This is why continuing to conquer international markets opens doors for the generation of employment and for the sustainable development of small, medium, and large Colombian companies. We remind all producers and marketers of cannabis to continue complying with the current regulations and the established rules, to contribute to the construction of a legal field,” said Deyanira Barrero, general manager of the ICA.

Currently, Colombia has 740 cannabis cultivars, 438 registrations granted by the ICA as certified seed producers, 56 registrations to seed exporters, 51 registrations as agronomic evaluation units, and 35 registrations as breeding research units.

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