History of hemp and Dun Agro Hemp Group
Some historians are already talking about a new industrial branch that should bring prosperity to the Pekelas again. After peat, peat colonial shipbuilding and shipping, potatoes, cardboard and paper, now hemp. From A to Z, from farmer to finished product, manufactured at the Dun Agro Hemp Group factory in Oude Pekela. The developments, which have been succeeding each other more and more rapidly in recent years, are supervised by experts and set up in a cooperative context.
Thousands of years ago, hemp was also used to make clothing. In the past it was also applicable in construction in many ways. Cultivation, use and application were considerably reduced when, especially in America, the architects switched to steel, stone and concrete. With the advance of synthetic fabrics, the textile industry also displaced hemp. When the plant was also banned as a remedy in many countries, growing hemp was no longer profitable.
Sustainable and natural
However, hemp has been rediscovered in recent decades. This is mainly due to the sustainability and the infinite applicability. Hemp is a very easy product for farmers to grow. They only have to make their fields ready for sowing, the Dun Agro Hemp Group does the rest: sowing, harvesting and processing. Hemp does not need fertilizer and pesticides. It grows very quickly and becomes three to four meters high. For a subsequent crop, the roots are very good for the structure of the soil. Hemp – almost the entire plant can be used – is durable and therefore lasts a very long time. Moreover, end products are not expensive. More than ninety percent of Dutch hemp cultivation takes place in the northern Netherlands. One of the largest processors in the Netherlands is the Dun Agro Hemp Group. Hemp is furthermore a pure product for physical use. No narcotic or medicinal, but rather unsaturated and therefore healthier oils are drawn from it, which contain many omega-3 and 6-fatty acids and cannabidiol (CBD).
Initially, the cultivation and processing of hemp Dun Agro Hemp Group cost a lot of effort. The government did not trust it and still feared the secret preparation of drugs. Now that that doubt has been removed, the brakes are released and it is being fully exploited and expanded. Dun Agro Hemp Group has advanced machines and processing equipment.
History Dun Agro Hemp Group
In 1994, Albert Dun became closely involved in the first development of post-war hemp processing in the Netherlands. As a technical man, he has left his mark on the development of agricultural machinery and the various production lines, especially for industrial hemp. From 2000 he has been working independently on the development of an alternative hemp processing line. Construction of a small-scale and revolutionary production line started at the end of 2003. This proto-line serves until 2008 as the basis for the further evolution of the currently developed industrial processing line. The installation that will become operational in the summer of 2009 appears to exceed the wildest expectations. With a view to an innovative agricultural industry in the northern region of the Netherlands, this industrial processing line has taken a step towards the growth of sustainable arable farming. With the arrival of the hemp processing plant, the farmers in the Gronings-Drentse Veenkoloniën can now grow fiber hemp on a large scale in addition to potatoes and beets. The arrival of this factory has meanwhile provided an important economic boost in this region.
Also, the further development of harvesting machines in 2011, where it was possible for the first time to harvest the leaves and tops of the hemp on a large-scale and machine basis, can be attributed to Albert Dun.
The construction department is also a large-scale development. A completely self-developed production line where prefab hemp panels are made for residential construction. No longer small-scale and traditional building, but large-scale and cost efficient.
The latest development is mainly the production of so-called “CBD oil” that is made from the leaves and buds. Here too, the Dun Agro Hemp Group has its own production line for making the oils. In the own lab, the oils are tested for the correct CBD content and whether the THC content is below 0.05%.
The company has 35 employees who annually grow and process 1200 ha of hemp.