Licensed medicinal cannabis cultivator Highlands Investments has launched Canna-Tract, Africa’s first contract cultivation offering.

Highlands Investments managing director Mark Corbett said Canna-Tract enables clients to grow commercial volumes of medical-grade cannabis without having to obtain a licence or invest significant capital.

“Our cost per hectare model will result in one of the lowest cultivation costs per gram today,” he added.

Companies can cultivate cannabis to their specific requirements, select or supply genetics and choose the final product form (flower or extract). The minimum grow commitment is 0.5 hectares. 

Plants are RFID tagged and grown under net house to GAP requirements. Clients receive monthly grow reports and have access to a 24-hour CCTV feed. 

After harvesting and processing, the product is stored at Highlands’ warehouse until it is ready to be shipped to its final destination. 

Highlands (formerly Canopy Growth Africa) has two sites in Lesotho. In 2017, it was granted one of the first licences by the Lesotho Government to cultivate, manufacture, supply, import and export medical cannabis products including flower, oil, distillate and isolate. 

Each site includes state-of-the art growing, processing and packaging facilities that comply with international and local regulations. After three successful harvests, Highlands is now entering its fourth grow season, with harvesting taking place in March/April.

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