Dagga tender

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Historic: Eastern Cape organisation makes dagga tender available

SA has its first dagga tender. The Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency needs a cannabis seed supplier to provide seed cultivars.

Dagga tender

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The East London-based ECRDA opened the applications for the dagga tender last week. This is the first organisation in South Africa to embrace cannabis’ new freedoms.


The organisation released the tender last Wednesday 13 October with applications closing on Wednesday 20 October. The development agency is looking for the supply, delivery, and offloading of cannabis seed.

The ECRDA said it has been flooded with demands to commercialise cannabis in the Eastern Cape, a province that has long been recognised as a highly fertile area for marijuana farming.

“Farmer support is an important element to develop production capacity and seed supply of compliant low Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) industrial hemp and Cannabidiol (CBD) cultivars suitable for Eastern Cape will assist to provide farmers with genetic material to participate in the emerging cannabis industry,” the ECRDA said.

“The ECRDA is looking for a seed supplier to provide local and imported seed cultivars to be delivered before the 2021 growing season starting in November.”


According to the ECRDA’s reasoning, the organisation is inspired to support research and aspiring farmers in the province, and specifically for low THC and medical marijuana.

The dagga tender facilitator said it needs bidders to display proven experience in hemp production as well as seed importation and supply.

“The purpose of this tender is to appoint a cannabis seed supplier to supply suitable low THC industrial cannabis varieties and medicinal CBD cultivars,” ECRDA added.

Some of the key requirements for the dagga tender include:

  • Proof of the purchase and import of internationally sourced legal cannabis seed with phytosanitary certificates where required – Invoice, and SARS clearance.
  • National Department of Agriculture seed import certificate.

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