Welcome to our webpage! This page briefly outlines the project and its aims in English.
The Industrial Hemp Cluster of North Ostrobothnia aims to create a new ecosystem in the region. The cluster will involve companies throughout the whole supply chain of industrial hemp (both fibre and seed/oil hemp), from farmers and agriculture to highly refined product manufacturers and everything in between. Our aim is to create a platform and a working model to better utilize fibre hemp in industrial use, thus creating new job and business opportunities in the region. The increased farming and the use of hemp supports the carbon emission goals of both Finland and EU, and the new informatio produced and gathered during the project can be used in solving environmental issues. Hemp also offers multitude of new research and development opportunities. The project also aims to establish national and international connections.
The project partners are:
Also involved directly or through their development corporations are the following municipalities: Kempele, Liminka, Muhos, Siikalatva, and Utajärvi.
The project started in April 2022 and will end in April 2023, lasting exactly 12 months. During the spring and summer of 2022, mainly background work was done, and the project properly kicked off in August 2022.
The project is funded by the European agricultural fund for rural development through the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY-keskus in Finnish). The whole budget of the project is 100,000 EUR and EU's portion of the funding is 80,000 EUR.
The project is divided into three work packages:
For more information about the project, please contact project manager Mr. Kalle Parviainen (working until the 31st of March 2023).
Phone: +358 40 351 7219