South Africa’s first cannabis tissue export arrives safely in Canada

By Edward Tsumele, Cannabis Business Africa Editor

One of the country’s significant players on the cannabis global market has recorded another global success on the market by successfully exporting cannabis tissue to Canada. This development on the local market clearly demonstrates the potential the country has to play a key role globally in the cannabis industry as developing cannabis tissue of high quality takes a great deal of scientific knowledge and technical skill.

Leslie Zetler, the Chief Executive Officer of Felbridge, a Stellenbosch based cannabis company, announced on recentlythat the shipment made its way to Canada without any hiccups.

“Well done to our brilliant tissue team in making this shipment to Canada a reality. The shipment was speedily cleared and well received by the client. What is even more incredible is that we have completed all our exports to date in under a year of the first shipment leaving South Africa,” he revealed.

“In another first for the South African cannabis industry, we are pleased to announce – in collaboration with Perfect Plants, the 1st successful export of cannabis tissue culture from South Africa to a licensed facility in Canada
The export follows other successful shipments to producers in Spain 🇪🇸, North Macedonia 🇲🇰, Switzerland 🇨🇭, Israel 🇮🇱 & Lesotho 🇱🇸.
These exports highlight our joint ability in distributing virus & pathogen free genetics to all corners of the world at scale and on time as required by our customers.
With over 40 years of biogenomic experience, Perfect Plants are the perfect partners for you to entrust with your production requirements in receiving quality starting materials with all regulatory and  phytosanitary certification in place, Felbridge said in a statement at the time.

This shipment follows shortly after an announcement was made by the company two weeks ago   that this cannabis start up, in collaboration with Perfect Plants had secured this lucrative deal to export cannabis tissue to Canada. Canada is one of the countries in the world where cannabis is legal fully,a model some in the industry say South African should follow in order to grow the industry. South Africa is currently dealing with legal issues to clear the way for the legal industry to take hold and for investors to come in and invest in the cannabis infrastructure that can cost up to a minimum of R5 million up to R20 million to set up. Small start ups that want to get into the industry find this capital outlay simply impossible to pass as a hurdler to especially small players. Rampaphosa in the last sate of the nation address however said the  country was going to streamline laws to fast track the needed growth in the cannabis industry, that he said had the potential to create more than 130 000 jobs.

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