MONTREAL and DURBAN, South Africa, Aug. 15, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - LGC Capital Ltd. (TSXV: QBA) ("LGC" or the "Company") announces that it will now be offering contract medical cannabis growing and processing services to any licenced jurisdiction that can offer medical cannabis.
LGC and its JV Partner AfriAg are fully licenced to grow and transport medical cannabis from South Africa.
The partnership will target international markets looking to save on capital and operating costs and increasing their year round production capacity by growing, refinining and exporting their products from the 40,000 metre2 growing facility at the Dube TradePort Agrizone complex, which is located within the secure and bonded airport prescinct of Durban's King Shaka International Airport in South Africa. The fact the facitliy is bonded opens up the partnership's ability to export to the international cannabis marketplace.
LGC and AfriAg (Pty) Ltd can offer year round contract growing and manufacturing services from its current facilities, which feature a purpose built 40,000 m2 temperature-regulated and humidity-controlled greenhouse (all of which is under glass), with refrigerated pack houses, laboratories and offices. This complex is regarded as the most eco-friendly and high-tech agricultural facility in Africa.
"Apart from LGC now looking at new licensed medical cannabis investment opportunities in the Asia-Pacific Region, we are working hard towards significantly expanding our medical cannabis footprint further in to the southern African region." said John McMullen, LGC Capital's CEO. "At LGC we are excited for this unique opportunity in South Africa as LGC and its partners already have a pre-built glasshouse and greenhouse infrastructure, abundant clean water supply, some of the best heat growing units globally for agriculture, a very competitive labour market and some of the lowest electricity unit costs in the world. LGC and AfriAg can today provide licensed cannabis growers anywhere in the world (in particular the northern hemisphere where costs are high due to severe winter climatic conditions) with a low cost, fully custom, bonded growing and manufacturing platform designed to reduce their capital expenditure, operating costs and increase their speed to not only their domestic licensed markets but to a more global market place through fully bonded and secure facilities."
LGC, and its JV Partner in the global medical cannabis sector, AfriAg (Pty) Ltd, recently announced on 18 July 2017 that it had signed agreements to acquire a 60% beneficial interest in the House of Hemp (Pty) Ltd, which is South Africa's one-stop authority on all things hemp and cannabis.
Based in Block "D" of the Dube TradePort's Agrizone Complex at Durban's King Shaka International Airport, the facilities feature 40,000 m2 of secure, temperature-regulated and humidity-controlled greenhouse under glass, with refrigerated pack houses, laboratories and offices. This complex is the only licensed indoor growing facility in South Africa and Dube's AgriZone is regarded as the most eco-friendly and high-tech agricultural facility in Africa and is where House of Hemp is planning to ramp up Research & Development of high-CBD medicinal grade cannabis.
About House of Hemp:
House of Hemp is now a member of the National Hemp Foundation (NHF) and has served as the convener of the NHF's Human Resource Development Group (in the first phase). House of Hemp is currently the coordinator of the NHF's Private Sector Working Group.
Licensed in 2010, House of Hemp became the first private company to be awarded an exclusive permit from the Departments of Agriculture and Health to legally cultivate and process hemp in South Africa. Because House of Hemp wanted to reliably expand into the budding industrial market, the company sought an exclusive permit from the Departments of Agriculture and Health to not only import hemp, but also to legally cultivate and process it in South Africa. In 2010, the House of Hemp became the first private company to be awarded such a permit.
As well as supplying hemp fibres and oils, the House of Hemp conducts research and supplies by-products like tow, biomass, dust and seedcake. These have enormous promise, as sustainable replacement materials for a variety of industries globally.
In 2015, House of Hemp partnered with the South African Department of Agriculture & Health. Other key Partnerships established in the same year include the University of the Free State, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Agricultural Research Institute (ARC); the National Agriculture Marketing Council (NAMC); it is owing to these key partnerships that House of Hemp was able to begin conducting research into medical cannabis.
About LGC Capital
LGC Capital Ltd. is a Canadian incorporated public company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV: QBA). LGC Capital's objective is to become a diversified business group with core business divisions that provide shareholders with exposure to a diverse range of businesses, products and services, many of which have some exposure to high growth Cuban business opportunities and some that have no exposure to Cuba at all. LGC Capital now plans to enter into the agricultural space in southern Africa through its new joint venture with AfriAg.
AfriAg (Pty) Ltd is a global agriculture and agri-logistics specialist, and provides crop growing and logistics solutions, food marketing and bespoke distribution services, by road, air and sea, to many major food retailing and wholesale corporations around the world. AfriAg (Pty) Ltd is 40% owned by London listed AfriAg Global PLC.
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