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AgarWood Introduction

Agarwood, aloeswood, eaglewood, jinkoh, gaharu are names for the world’s most valuable incense. This resinous material is produced by tropical rainforest trees and has been used for centuries as incense and in traditional medicine. In the past, old growth Aquilaria trees were indiscriminately cut to find the resin (usually hidden within the center of only a few old trees). Today in many countries of Southeast Asia where the tree was once native, it has become very rare due to increased harvesting. The resinous wood or oil extracted from the inside of some trees is extremely valuable since it is highly regarded for use during Buddhist and Islamic cultural activities as well as an important ingredient in many traditional medicines. It is also an extremely important component in traditional Japanese incense ceremonies People in the United States, Europe and other countries that have had the opportunity to smell the fragrance of this extraordinary incense find it very appealing and pleasant.

Aquilaria trees are now protected in most countries and the collection of agarwood is illegal from natural forests. International agreements, such as CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), accepted by 169 countries, is designed to ensure trade in agarwood products from wild trees does not threaten the survival of Aquilaria. Despite these efforts agarwood products from illegally cut trees continues to be sold and unknowing consumers create a demand that helps to destroy the last old growth Aquilaria trees in existence.

What triggers agarwood to form in some old growth trees has been an unsolved mystery. Our research investigatio, has studied the formation of resin in Aquilaria trees and found a method to produce the resin in plantation grown young trees. This inoculation technique consists of wounding trees in a specific manner and applying treatments to accelerate the natural defense responses of the tree. The inoculation allows a sustainable yield of resin to be produced in relatively young trees. Agarwood is a high value forest product that is easy to store and ship. Our newly developed methods to cultivate agarwood is providing a new economic, non-timber forest product for Southeast Asia and other tropical regions of the world. This new economy in rural areas will help many of the world’s poorest people. The sustainable production of agarwood in plantation grown trees eliminates the need to cut old growth forest trees for the resin and will help save this endangered tree from possible extinction. This work also provides a source of cultivated agarwood so this magnificent aromatic resin can be enjoyed by people throughout the world

First-grade agarwood is one of the most expensive natural raw materials in the world, in 2010 prices for superior pure material as high as US$100,000/kg, although in practice adulteration of the wood and oil is common, allowing for prices as low as US$100/kg. A whole range of qualities and products are on the market, varying in quality with geographical location, botanical species, the age of the specific tree, cultural deposition and the section of the tree where the piece of agarwood stems from Oud oil is distilled from agarwood, and fetches high prices depending on the oil's purity. The current global market for agarwood is estimated to be in the range of US$6 – 8 billion and is growing rapidly.


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FAQs

1. Can I physically visit the trees?
Yes. Prior to making the full payment and administrative fee is paid you can visit your own trees. For existing clients plantation visit will be arrange by the company.
Clients need to fill up an Indemnity Form before the plantation visit.

2. What is something happen to my trees?
Nature plays a very big role in plantation industry. To ensure better protection for our clients, Kharas have a one to one replacement policy of trees as stated in the S&P and those trees will be the same age and size. The replacement comes from the buffer stock of Kharas trees.

3. How do I own the trees?
Client and Kharas will be signing a Sales & Purchase Agreement to transfer the ownership of the trees to the client. At the same time, client will then appoint Kharas to manage, inoculate, harvest and sell the trees on behalf of the client.

4. How do I know which are my trees?
Client and Kharas will be signing a Sales & Purchase Agreement to transfer the ownership of the trees to the client. At the same time, client will then appoint Kharas to manage, inoculate, harvest and sell the trees on behalf of the client.

5. Is the inoculation method proven?
Kharas uses the high level standard material and technology to ensure the formation of Agarwood in all the trees. Kharas method which is 100% proven organic with SGS certification. Forestry Assets our plantation management team have inoculatemore than 200 000 trees throughout Asia over the years with 99.9% success rate. Our plantation manager is continuing with research & development in order to produce a higher yield of Argawood

6. Why be a tree owner?
Trees have been around in nature since 390 million years ago. With deforestation happening rapidly, climate change and other environmental disaster is happening dramatically. Sustainable long term growth, non traditional investment, able to diversify your portfolio, giving something back to the nature by saving environment, the return from short term and the imbalance of supply & demand are the reason for you to become a tree owner.