The perceptions around it [dagga] are changing…— Johannes van der Colff, CEO - Leaf Botanicals
The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has awarded a license to grow and export medical dagga to Leaf Botanicals (Pty) Ltd.
Leaf Botanicals was founded to produce a variety of high quality organic medical dagga strains at affordable prices for the local market as well as for export to an ever-growing list of countries where it is legal.
It worked closely with Sahpra to ensure its facility in the Northern Cape conforms to South African and global standards and regulations.
The company will export dagga to Canada through an agreement with Agrotiva Ltd, a dagga producer approved by Health Canada.
Van der Colff won the Agri SA/Toyota SA Young Farmer of the Year award in 2011.
His speciality is high-quality, organic farming (i.e. farming without using chemicals or pesticides).
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).
It’s a labour-intensive product… and we can get foreign currency for South Africa…— Johannes van der Colff, CEO - Leaf Botanicals
We need to start growing to see the yields and quality we can achieve…— Johannes van der Colff, CEO - Leaf Botanicals
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