Our Friends in Ukraine Need Our Help
The Institute of Bast Crops of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine (IBC NAAS) is in Hlukhiv, Ukraine and is now under Russian occupation. The IBC is reaching out to the international hemp community to ask for help. They are hopeful that a “Green Zone” will be set up which will allow them to transport their staff and families out of the occupied territory into a safer region of western Ukraine.
Once the people are established and safe, a secondary effort will be made to relocate the equipment, technology and genetics that these smart, hard-working people at the IBC have researched, designed and built for generations.
The IBC was just about to conduct its annual corn harvest when they realized their combine engine needed replacing. They sent a truck to Germany to retrieve a new engine, but before the journey could be completed the Russians had invaded their town. The corn harvest that the IBC desperately needed to pay its staff and support their people during this terrible time wasn’t able to be completed. Their crops, their people, and their country are being destroyed.
Please help these smart, resilient, hard-working people establish lives for themselves in western Ukraine, and help them save decades and generations of invaluable research and work.
All funds raised are going directly to the IBC and will be used to pay for:
Transportation and relocation of IBC staff and families to West Ukraine
Transportation of IBC seeds
About IBC NAAS:
The Institute of Bast Crops of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine is a leading research institution conducting comprehensive research on breeding, growing, harvesting, and processing fiber flax and bast fiber.
The Institute has unique multifaceted experience in research on flax and bast production. The IBC team is comprised of highly qualified scientific workers, among which there are 4 doctors and 11 scientists. This team has developed bast seed breeding methods that have produced more than 20 high productive varieties. The Institute has grown monoecious varieties practically without narcotic properties (USO 31) and has created more than 50 varieties in total.
The IBC is one of the world's oldest and most experienced institutes in bast fiber. Located in Northern Ukraine (which has similar farming geography as Alberta), the IBC has spent over 90 years developing east practices for bast fiber cultivation, harvesting, and processing. Along with these best practices, the IBC has also developed varieties that have been bred specifically for bast fiber production.