Yozgat Bozok University, which has turned to scientific studies in hemp production, which is on the agenda of the country as a strategic agricultural product after it has been popularized recently, will bring in the benefits of hemp production to the national economy once they have the yields.
The cultivation of industrial hemp, which has a wide range of uses from textiles to the automobile industry, from construction materials to cosmetic products, from the energy sector to the food industry through biomass, is carried out by Bozok University in Yozgat and its surroundings. Yozgat Bozok University, which has become a specialized university in the field of ‘production of industrial hemp’ in order to spread hemp production throughout the country and bring it to the economy, started to work by experimenting with 16 varieties of cannabis, both domestic and foreign, in the center and neighborhood of Boğazlıyan district. In this context, the Hemp Research Institute was established within the university, and more than 100 academicians within the bodies of six research groups turned to scientific studies in the field of industrial hemp.
‘‘We have come a long way in a very short amount of time’’
Reminding that Yozgat Bozok University is the specialized university in the field of industrial hemp production as of January, the Rector of Yozgat Bozok University Prof. Dr. Ahmet Karadağ expressed the following statements regarding the subject, ‘‘The Higher Education Institute in Turkey delivered us the tasks related to the assessment of biomass as a mission in this area. Our goal is to ensure that hemp, which is an important plant with many uses, is brought into the economy. Yozgat Bozok University started the process for the evaluation of cannabis when it became a specialized university on the subject. We can confidently claim that we have come a long way in a very short amount of time. Companies that have reached a certain stage in the sector related to the production of hemp started to meet with us. We will have collaborations and partnerships with these companies in the near future. We are very excited about this. Because we are the only university with a mission in Turkey to bring in the economic benefits of hemp.’’
Rector Prof. Dr. Karadağ explained that they are conducting studies in order to produce a new generation battery using hemp and continued his statements as follows, ‘‘Cannabis can be used in a vast range of areas, some of them even hard to imagine. One such use is the energy sector. Especially the cellulose part of the biomass of cannabis can be utilized in the production of bioethanol, which has to be used at least 10 percent as a fuel additive in gasoline vehicles. Ethanol gained significant value, especially during the troublesome pandemic outbreak period. We will also use hemp in the production of the battery that we call super-capacitor, which is a new generation battery, in addition to the production of bioethanol.’’
‘‘We need legal regulations on hemp production’’
Bozok University Vice-Rector and Hemp Research Project Coordinator Prof. Dr. Güngör Yılmaz stated the following regarding the subject, ‘‘We are aware that cannabis has been produced in Anatolia for many years. Our endeavors have been ongoing for three years. We brought together both the representatives of the industry and scientists who will work in this subject area. Currently, every tiny piece of cannabis, from its root to its peak, is used by many different sectors and areas in the world. Sectors, in which a significant volume of trade has been carried out, have formed, and the medical sector is one of them. However, in order for these industries to be revived, we need legal regulations regarding industrial hemp production, especially in the medical sense. But unfortunately, we currently have some restrictions on how it works. At this point, we need the new current cannabis law, especially the law on drugs, to be reviewed and updated.’’