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Czech entrepreneur says going it alone, quality keys to success

Hana Gabrielova of HempointHana Gabrielova's firm, Hempoint, makes a range of products in the food-and-drink and health categories.
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If the late Jack Herer could visit Hana Gabrielova’s hemp operation in Jihlava, Czech Republic, he’d no doubt be impressed. From 1.5 hectares (ha) — or 3.7 acres — she planted in 2010, Gabrielova’s firm, Hempoint, has steadily boosted local hemp fields by working with neighboring farmers — with around 100 ha (about 250 acres) under the crop this year.

“We have good connections with our farming partners; we’ve been able to build up a lot of trust,” said Gabrielova, who is Hempoint’s sole owner. That trust extends down the value chain, she notes, at the end of which she sells a range of food-and-drink and health-oriented products mainly from hemp flowers and leaves.

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