Kemet Forum, a grouping of Pan-African professionals advocating for legalization of Industrial Hemp in Malawi, says it is satisfied with the response and support it received during an awareness campaign held at Lilongwe Golf Club on Sunday.
The grouping engaged the Malawian reggae outfit Black Missionaries that performed during the event dubbed as “Legalisation of Industrial Hemp Festival.”
“This is the first event that we have engaged the public face-to-face to explain to them what Industrial Hemp is all about.
“It is encouraging to note that many people are eager to learn and know more about this cash crop,” said chairperson of the forum Sangwani Msofi.
He further said that most of the activities the forum has conducted have been panel discussions and interviews in the media and academic discussions which are largely indoors and engages only privileged members of society.
“The festival in Lilongwe was the first open-air activity that we engaged with all classes of people. We were impressed with the curiosity many had that was generated upon seeing displayed products from industrial Hemp.
“Many were eager to learn more about the cash crop,” Msofi said.
The Kemet chair said the festival has aroused a great drive to conduct more of these activities to reach out to as many people as they can in clearing out the misconceptions surrounding Industrial Hemp.
The Sunday Festival was graced by activist Billy Banda and Member of Parliament for Ntchisi North Boniface Kadzamira who raised the matter in parliament earlier this year. The legislator argues Industrial Hemp as a cash crop has enormous economic potential.
Kemet Forum, whose name means land of the blacks and was the original name for Egypt, has been carrying out activities related to the call for the legalisation of Industrial Hemp.
In July this year, the forum held a seminar at Chancellor College in Zomba under the theme “Demystifying Cannabis.”
Professor of Economics at Chancellor College Ben Kalua made a presentation in which he called for the de-politicisation of the production of Cannabis-locally known as Chamba- arguing industrial hemp has the potential to steer the country’s economy towards recovery.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :