Lesotho has made history through one of its companies MG Health, a producer of medical cannabis flower and extracts, by becoming the first certified African country to supply the European Union with cannabis for pharmaceutical use.
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The company is located 2,000 meters above sea level in the Maluti mountains of Lesotho, north of the capital Maseru, where clean air and a pristine environment contribute towards the growth of high quality, pesticide-free cannabis products.
Although Lesotho is considered one of the poorest countries on the continent, it does have an abundant water supply and fertile soil, which provides ideal conditions for the plant to grow.
The country has opted for cannabis as its more lucrative option, more so than other crops such as maize and sugar cane.
According to MG Health’s Chief Executive Officer Andre Bothma, the company plans to employ as many as 3,000 workers locally—up from about 350 currently—once it reaches full production in a few years.
They reportedly produce 250kg medical-grade cannabis every month and are set to increase the output to 100 tons monthly.
In 2018, the Kingdom of Lesotho which is made up of 2.1-million people decided to tap into the booming medical dagga industry, becoming the first country in Africa to allow the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes.