Lots of people have been involved in making our glasshouse a reality. We are really grateful for their effort.

There is still so much to be defined in the industry, in so many areas, locally and globally, that a successful medicinal cannabis project has to be flexible enough to adapt to different scenarios

LICENCES

Phytotecnia obtained a licence to cultivate cannabis for commercial purposes in December 2020.

Previously, Phytotecnia had a licence to cultivate cannabis for research purposes, obtained in February 2020.

FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

The logistics of the project can be quite challenging. It was very relieving to see the glass for the glasshouse arriving in New Zealand in one piece.

The logistics of the project can be quite challenging. It was very relieving to see the glass for the glasshouse arriving in New Zealand in one piece.

We have built a dual purpose research and production glasshouse and two indoor growing chambers, designed to produce conservatively 30 kg of medicinal cannabis dried flower monthly all year round. The facilities of Phytotecnia are located midway between Wellington and Palmerston North in Kāpiti Coast, New Zealand, on a leased property purchased by the main shareholders of the Company with the only purpose of establishing the facilities. 

The production and research complex is within a five-hectare section of flat rural land, surrounded by shelter-belts, on the verge of State Highway 1. It is only five minutes from the nearest township, Ōtaki. This is a well-known region for its suitable conditions for horticultural development. The climate in Kāpiti Coast is ideal for glasshouse production with no extreme maximum or minimum temperatures and a large number of annual sunshine hours. The land is isolated from any source of contamination and has virtually unlimited access to water and power. This is also a strategic location for innovation, being only an hour away from Massey University in Palmerston North, and from Victoria University and the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand in Wellington. Skilled and semi-skilled labour is abundant nearby.

RESEARCH ACTIVITY

Our breeding programme includes the characterisation of the plants through all their stages.

Our breeding programme includes the characterisation of the plants through all their stages.

The research programme is underway. Phytotecnia has established strategic relationships with research entities in New Zealand and internationally in the areas of breeding and cultivation. Seeds of selected varieties have already been obtained to form the core of our breeding programme. Different cultivation parameters are being studied.

We have secured funding from Callaghan Innovation to carry out our research programme during 2020-2021. 

PRODUCTION ACTIVITY

We can't wait to have our first commercial crop growing. We are trialing different canopy management techniques in the meantime.

We can't wait to have our first commercial crop growing. We are trialing different canopy management techniques in the meantime.

We are characterising and selecting the elite lines to become the first mother plants for our commercial production. Phytotecnia will start the commercial production early in 2021.