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Supporting Manitoba’s hemp seed industry

July 6, 2015 - The Canada and Manitoba governments will invest in new equipment to support the growth of the hemp seed processing industry.

Governments will provide nearly $390,000 to Hemp Oil Canada Inc. (HOCI) to purchase and install a new optical sorter and packaging system at its new processing facility in Ste. Agathe. The equipment will modernize the packing line, improve food safety and ensure the company can remain competitive in the international hemp seed market.

HOCI is the largest hemp seed wholesaler in North America, with annual sales of more than $25 million. The company employs 30 full-time staff and purchases 10 million pounds of hemp from prairie farmers every year.

The new facility, which is expected to open in summer 2015, will help create 10 new jobs.