Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator
WESTERN BUREAU:Representatives of western Jamaica’s Ganja Farmers Associations have said they are not worried that watersheds and other protected areas will be infringed whenever ganja is legalised, as freedom to cultivate the herb results in a decrease of intrusion in those areas.
Steven Rivierie, president of the Hanover Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association told Western Focus that he sees little or no cause for concern, as members of his organisation have always cultivated in an environmentally sustainable manner. According to him, there are enough available lands within other agricultural areas in the parish which will suffice, and he expects no encroachment in protected areas there.
“First of all, we are organic farmers so we are not interested in cutting down everything. When we have to clear some land, at the same time we have to be planting elsewhere and we don’t just focus on one thing. If you look around, you see everything here. We are not into mono-cropping or one type of cultivation,” Rivierie told Western Focus during an interview in Retirement, in the Dolphin Head Mountain range in Hanover recently.