Global Reset, Hemp is the answer

The global pandemic and during this time of economic uncertainty, these could be exciting times for Industrial Hemp and a pro-business attitude to make Malaysia a very exciting place to favour legislation of the Industrial Hemp for our beloved country.
A very warm welcome to all MHIRA members and members of public. We are a 501(c) independent research and development organisation that represents all our members in helping to build a thriving hemp industry in Malaysia. MHIRA members are a diverse group of great individuals, group and corporate who are true pioneers as well as visionaries dedicated to making a difference now and for future generations. MHIRA is not only responsible for the lobbying effort behind the passage of the Malaysia Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, but also for providing continuing industry awareness, education, training, and updated information for all members.

The MALAYSIA HEMPTECH INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (MHIRA) is a non-profit society incorporated in 2016. We are a non-profit organisation that is self-funded or by memberships, fundraising, sponsorship, donations and events.
We support the growth and development of all aspects of the natural fibre and industrial hemp in Malaysia by educating and informing the public about the health, environmental, and economic benefits of reviving an industry that has been prohibited for many years. MHIRA also works towards building a community of individuals, businesses and organisations to facilitate the growth of the industry. While working collaboratively with industry, government officials, universities and the scientific community to create and implement industrial hemp standards, certifications, policy and regulations.

Alhamdulillah, for the first time ever this year in 2020, Cannabis scheduling status within international law evolves. World Health Organisation – WHO’s 4-years assessment process of therapeutic value and harms related to Cannabis sativa L., repealing the 1950’s ban, is likely to change policies globally before the end of 2020 – to focus on medical access, health and Human Rights.

Hemp comprises many beneficial uses. In the 1800s hemp was the most cultivated crop in Asia and beyond. It’s time for hemp to be re-introduced where it can become a significant source of Malaysia jobs opportunity and provide a domestic supply of sustainable hemp industry nationwide.

MHIRA’s mission includes Education, Legislation Support, and Business Development. Once you become an MHIRA member, you may join all our talk sessions, forums, workshops, training and other relevant programs, plus you will gain opportunities, connections and exposure into natural fibres and the Hemp Industry.
Thank you in advance for your support as we shall strive on working together to move the industrial hemp forward and support the emergence of this new industry in Malaysia and setting the phase in the Asian region.

Since 2016, the MALAYSIA HEMPTECH INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION – MHIRA is a non-profit association representing more than three hundred (300) supporting members, future farmers, researchers, corporate members and future hemp businesses & entrepreneurs. The hemp industries are emerging to become a major global economic force as a result of new technology applications and opportunities. Hemp is a sustainable choice for industrial products, textiles, super-food source, fibre and also offers exceptional ingredients and components for nutrition and wellness products. Hemp is one of our planet’s most important natural resources and us at MHIRA advocate for the whole plant.

MHIRA establishment is to develop the fair and equal treatment of industrial hemp and it’s opportunities in agriculture and transform into a circular economy. The Association is dedicated to the awareness, education, economic opportunity, food security and industry development, and the accelerated expansion of hemp world market supply and demand but our is focused on the R & D of hemp development in Malaysia.

MHIRA has a clear environmental or social vision in identifying and aligning with one or more of the UNSDGs and will forecast opportunities for all levels among the community and stake-holder to contribute directly or indirectly to achieving the SDGs.

The industrial hemp is now growing rapidly. It would also be imperative that in-depth research is crucial. The outcome of the local study can be achieved in less than ten months before strategically phasing into commercial farming of hemp to integrate it with our natural fibre and needed for food security.

This must be carried by MHIRA with full responsibility for a greater potential that would need careful management. New sustainable projects should include an outcome of job creation which we foresee for Sabah state would benefit more than 20,000 job creation, given the state’s untenable unemployment rate.

However, given the social impact in urban and rural areas, it is important to factor in the cost of securing a sustainable hemp education and policy to be in place.
I strongly encourage you to invite your friends and dedicated network to join MHIRA today – as a unified voice, we are stronger together.

by Johan Mohamad, MHIRA Founder & President