Frequently asked questions
- What is Gaharu?
Gaharu is a dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees (large evergreens native to Southeast Asia) when they become infected with a type of fungi. Prior to infection, the heartwood is relatively light and pale coloured; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. This resin embedded wood is commonly called gaharu, jinko, aloeswood, agarwood, or oud and is valued in many cultures for its distinctive fragrance, and thus is used for incense and perfumes and varied uses over thousands of years.
- Why Gaharu?
- Presently, there is little or no substitute for Gaharu products. One of the main reasons for the relative rarity and high cost of agarwood is the depletion of the wild resource due to overharvesting. Thus, by having Gaharu plantation, wild Gaharu trees will be protected and resources of Gaharu products will be sustained.
- The current global market for agarwood is estimated to be in the range of US$6 – 8 billion and is growing rapidly. With its growing demand and high value, planting Gaharu trees will help increase income for all those passionate with nature and also boost national GDP.
- Any potential market and market size?
Research shown that Gaharu plantation not only help in increased income for those involved but also national GDP. Moreover, due to the depletion of the naturally grown Gaharu trees in the wild, the world’s Gaharu production is only able to meet 35% of the global demand (Devindran, 2009). The impact of the ever growing demand for Gaharu has led to overharvesting and habitat losses which contribute to the high price, thus making it a lucrative investment for those interested. Furthermore, there is a little or no substitute for Gaharu products and the situation of high demand and little supply met is making Gaharu extremely expensive in the global market.
- How can we benefited from Gaharu plantation?
Not only you will enjoy the increased income from planting Gaharu, you will also be contributing to the environment as you are planting trees that supply oxygen to mother earth. You will also be part of a meaningful contribution by protecting wild Gaharu trees and sustaining natural resource.
- If I am interested to plant Gaharu trees, what should I do?
If you have land or you know someone who have land, please contact us, we have the capability and experience to provide you consultation on your Gaharu plantation. That being said, please be aware that there are times when a little finesse is required when dealing with a living, growing product and timing can be a big factor regarding very large orders to ensure survivability to various locations, so plan ahead and inquire with plenty of time.
- If I have land(s), what are the possibilities for me?
If it is a cleared land, you can plant the trees directly. If the land needs any preparation work, we can provide you the services. Otherwise, we do provide trees planting services.
- Do you provide professional advices or after-sale support in planting Gaharu trees?
We have at least 10 years experiences in Gaharu trees planting and we have all the know-hows from seedling, to field maintenance, to proven-success innoculation, right up to harvesting. It’s our commitment that your success is our success. If you are new in Gaharu tree plantation, you can assign us from field preparation, to field planting, to field maintenance up to harvesting.
- What are the key components for a successful Gaharu plantation?
Gaharu trees grow best in evergreens tropical climate, ranging from flat land and on hillsides with good field drainage system. Waterlogged field are major threat to the trees. Enrichplanet.com have successfully researched and found Gaharu tree species that grows vigorously under our proven success methodology. Give us a call, we are always willing to share our secret of success with you.
- What are the end products of Gaharu?
Gaharu end products are mainly divided into Gaharu semi-finished and end products.
- Types of semi-finished products:
- Gaharu wood chips
- Saw dust
- Unprocessed Gaharu wood (with white wood part removed)
- Types of end products:
- Gaharu tea
- Incense sticks
- Gaharu oil
- Gaharu small stick for cigarette and etc
- Types of semi-finished products: