Dagga farming: 'Biggest part of establishment capital goes into security'

Local company Leaf Botanicals has been granted a licence to grow organic medical cannabis in South Africa for export to Canada.

This kind of licence is issued by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA).

Standing in for Refilwe Moloto, Lester Kiewit speaks to Leaf Botanical's chief executive officer, Johannes Van der Colff from Upington in the Northern Cape.

He says embarking on this venture has been a learning curve.

We went to countries where it was legalised, we've been doing it for the last five years, to learn what they do... but you only know (how to do) it when you come to do it at source.

Johannes van der Colff, Chief executive officer - Leaf Botanicals

I think we still have a lot to learn in coming years.

Johannes van der Colff, Chief executive officer - Leaf Botanicals

When marijuana was legalised in South Africa last September, it was for personal use only and Van der Colff says the biggest part of his company's establishment capital has gone into security

It's motion and infra-red cameras, it's big fences, the security with the personnel working on site... It's a big thing.

Johannes van der Colff, Chief executive officer - Leaf Botanicals

The two most important things that SAHPRA focused on was the security and the quality of the product.

Johannes van der Colff, Chief executive officer - Leaf Botanicals

He says the South African government still has a lot of work to do on expanding the terms of the legalisation of dagga.

For more from Van der Colff, listen below:


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