A Dutch company operating in Shamva, Mashonaland East has broken tradition by becoming the first firm to showcase marijuana at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).
Voedel Cannabis, which was granted the licence to cultivate the lucrative weed by government.
Marijuana, commonly known as mbanje, is a plant generally regarded as an illicit drug among Zimbabweans.
Voedel Cannabis, which currently has 4 hectares of the weed under cultivation, is producing the plant for medicinal and industrial purposes.
Its stand is one of the most popular stands at the annual premier trade showcase not just for exhibiting a plant commonly abused for recreational purposes among the poor lot of Zimbabweans but for some various other products.
Company manager Joseph Serima is excited that the plant is a guaranteed magnate for foreign currency.
“The name of the company is derived from the Dutch word from food nourishment. We gave the company such a name because it is giving nourishment to the Zimbabwe economy through foreign currency generation. We are growing cannabis as a way of bringing in foreign currency into Zimbabwean economy,” he told the media.
Government recently licenced 57 companies to cultivate and process medical cannabis with the licence costing US$50 000.