A Minister in Montego Bay is encouraging the construction industry to take a look at the Uses of Hemp as an option for building materials.

In St. James, Montego Bay, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr. Horace Chang, is asking those involved in the construction industry to consider other technologies besides the conventional use of concrete and steel that builders have become so accustomed to using.

Uses of Hemp

Dr. Chang says there is too much dependence on the traditional heavy materials, such as the desire for thick blocks and slabs of steel. He is encouraging the use of alternative materials that are less harmful to the environment but still retain the ability produce aesthetically pleasing construction.

The minister was a speaker at the recent opening of the inaugural Build Expo and Conference, scheduled to take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from June 9-11.

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