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Low Investment - High Returns
Low maintenance and less water requirement is one of the key sustainable factor for cultivating Raktchandhan. The seedlings are incubated for a period of 5 months prior to plantation, thereby reducing water requirement and maintenance cost.
The Herbal Folklore Research Centre in Tirupati, India, estimated that at least 300 kg of heartwood per tree can be obtained after 12-15 years under organic and organized farming techniques.
By 5th year the tree needs very less intervention to grow. Security of the plantation will be tightened from 5th year onwards. By the 10th year, the heartwood formation would have started and based on the sample analysis, yield expectancy is calculated.
It is an investment which yields returns higher than Insurance Policy, Bank Interest or Stocks. Low investment and high returns compared to any investment policy. It is perfectly suitable for individuals and also for companies as corporate social responsibility activities.
Red Sandalwood being the costliest raw material, the bulk plantation would provide a platform to better manage the market dynamics relating to demand, supply and cost. Red Sandalwood has been valued and treasured for many years for its heartwood, carving, medical and religious qualities.
The Red Sander Wood is of high demand in China, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, USA, UK, Singapore, Malaysia and Gulf countries.
The rates announced by AP Govt. vide APGO No: 256/2015 published on 24/10/2015 are as below:
'A' Grade - 52 Lakhs per MT; 'B'Grade - 38 Lakhs per MT; 'C' Grade 21 Lakhs per MT;
The above announced rate per metric ton of Red Sandalwood may change as per future Government Policies and Demand in International Export Market.
Commercial Aspects of Raktchandhan Plantation
The wood is primarily used for making musical instruments and luxury furniture. It also yields Santaline dye which finds use in colouring foodstuff and pharmaceutical Preparations. Additionally, the extracts obtained from the tree bark and wood are known to have several medicinal properties.
The wood has been historically valued in China who introduced classical Chinese furniture to the west. Raktchandhan has been one of the most prized woods for millennia. The worldwide Standing Market is growing in all countries in faster as gold. The costly Raktchandhan are popular for its extremely hard heart wood which colour is like blood with occasional light yellow streaks. The wood is famous for its medicinal properties and commercial uses.
Raktchandhan had the prominent importance in the business. Research initiatives are under way to exploit its potential application in soaps, dyes, toys etc., Now through the sustained efforts of the Andhra Pradesh State Forest Department, there is hope of it being raised as a plantation species.
In one acre of land approximately 415 plants can be planted at a distance of 9 x 9 ft. The yield from each tree depends on the variety of the plant, type of soil, climatic conditions, water resource and all the more best cultivation practices.
Due to its slow growth and rarity, furniture made from Raktchandhan is difficult to find and can be expensive. It has been one of the most prized woods for millennia.
The Raktchandhan wood at the center of the trunk (heartwood) is mainly used for medical purposes. It is used in traditional herbal medicine as an antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic, tonic, hemorrhage, dysentery, aphrodisiac, anti-hyperglycemic and diaphoretic. Raktchandhan Wood has various medical uses such as fluid retention, treating digestive tract problems, purification of blood and treatment of coughs.
Under these circumstances, promotion of sustainable Raktchandhan wood trade might be a more prudent choice for the conservation of this species. Towards this, in addition to scientifically and sustainably managing public forests for Raktchandhan, strategies such as encouraging the private landowners and small & medium investors to grow Raktchandhan on private lands as plantations may be helpful in reducing the demand-supply gap.