Table 6

Research and action interventions to support organic hemp development in Sicily based on initial analysis of barriers at the value chain level.

Value chain level Type of barrier DiverIMPACTS CS interventions
Agricultural production Lack of technical knowledge and references Critical expertise attracted from other Italian regions for two farm days in 2018 and 2019, mobilizing local stakeholders to benefit from it
Lack of economic knowledge and references A study was commissioned and performed to analyse the crop profitability
Lack of information because of problems with advisory context Consultancies activated from national hemp expert
Lack of adapted plant varieties in the local context Interaction with the national 6.7 mln € UNIHEMP project to stimulate breeding for Sicilian environment
Interaction with the Ministry of Agriculture getting permission for farm seed reuse
Lack of knowledge about impacts of diversification on agro-environmental performances Assessment performed to analyse hemp-specific validity in rain-fed crop rotations
Need of investment for adapted machinery An Operational Group (OG) is being set up with critical participation of various CS players to explore machinery investment
Regulation impacting farmers THC content chemical analyses to make sure produce is within regulatory limits
From harvest to retail Equipment for drying requires investment Dedicated dryers use and costs will be economically assessed by the dedicated OG
Equipment for processing requires investment A small capacity pressing machine will be tested in the abovementioned OG
Coordination between value chain actors No ensured quality of products to be bought, sold or to establish secure contracts N.A.
Limited or no cooperation between innovative farmers The OG will enable cooperation among partners and additional stakeholders
Market Uncertain or unstable market The DiverIMPACTS benchmarking offered Sicilian hemp actors valuable indications on how to market hemp products

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