Manitoba hemp growers could soon be supplying the Chinese clothing market.
Over five million dollars in federal and provincial funding was announced earlier this week for Plains Industrial Hemp Processing in Gilbert Plains.
Marnie Kostur, executive administrator with the Parkland Agricultural Resources Coop, says the company's president, Robert Jin, first came to Manitoba in 2006 in search of high quality hemp.
She says they spent many months sampling and testing the hemp to ensure the quality of Manitoba-grown hemp meets the Chinese users' requirements.
The long fibre from the plant will be exported to China for use in a clothing factory that Jin owns together with several partners.
The shorter fibres will be used to create products like hemp insulation, animal bedding