The Institute for Research and Technology in Food and Agriculture (IRTA) together with Andorra Research + Innovation, formed by the merger of three research and innovation entities in the country, (Institute of Andorran Studies, the Andorran Sustainability Observatory and Actúa Innovación), have signed a collaboration agreement. This agreement aims to analyse and define a model for the cultivation and processing of medicinal cannabis in Andorra.
This collaboration is promoted by the government of Andorra, so that a deep analysis of the opportunities and viability of cultivation is carried out, thus defining a model to follow for the development of medicinal cannabis in the Principality.
Thus, a four-month work period has been established, which will include a pilot project. This will allow to define all the circumstances for the achievement of a basic structure for the medicinal cannabis extracts production. At the same time, it will allow the study of the positive impacts that the cultivation of the plant may have on the agricultural and economic diversification of Andorra.
The Minister of the Presidency, Jordi Gallardo, has stated that “the medicinal cannabis industry has a great international growth and can offer opportunities that allow the development of a sector of high added value in Andorra, which will contribute to the economy diversification”.
The Institute for Research and Technology in Food and Agriculture has been involved for more than ten years in several research and development projects related to the therapeutic use of cannabis. Therefore, this experience will allow it to provide knowledge and resources to carry out the corresponding work of medicinal cannabis cultivation and processing.
Upon completion of the study, a presentation of the results report will be made, in which the way forward will be established.
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