A Sustainable Development Project by Synergy International Incorporated
This page serves to introduce our Company and Institute to those who may be interested in a long-term, and sustainable, income-producing project. The project is especially suitable for tropical and semi-tropical regions with a substantial land base. We are also proposing similar sustainable developments for arid regions and semi-deserts.
The project involves development of a turnkey agro-forestry plantation with agricultural inter-cropping and the building of modern ecological buildings with renewable energy systems which serve both community and income-producing functions. The projections in this business plan are based on 1000-acre increments and a ten-year crop maturity. The crops are the basis of an economic system which will finance the building of the eco-village(s).
The primary product will be timber for export. The type of trees promoted will produce a very resilient hardwood that is currently much in demand in the Asian market. The high value of the tree is derived from its quick maturity, and the extreme stability and resistance to shrinking, warping and cracking of the wood it produces. The fine grain and light color stains and finishes beautifully and is half the weight of pine. The wood is used for such products as musical instruments, veneer, fine furniture, plywood, wall paper, high tech. laminates, moldings and finishing timber.
Depending on the site conditions, the product tree grows to 8 meters in the first year. Trees are planted at approximately 5-meter intervals, or 300 trees per acre. The thinning harvest is done in the 2nd and 5th year. By then, the trees are 12 to 15 meters tall, the trunks averaging 35cm in diameter and producing 6- meter clear timber trunks. Mature trees reach heights of 18 to 25 meters in ten years, and live over 100 years. A clear timber trunk of 6 meters by 55cm diameter is currently valued at $500 USD in Japan. In ten years, because of the increasing price of timber, this same log will be worth $1000 USD. The plantation can also incorporate Teak logs which will be worth $3,000 USD in 15 years.
Adding value to the timber by milling, drying and final machining can increase the value as much as 5 times. Finished products can further increase the value by a factor of 5. Portions of the timber can be pre-sold to timber buyers and entire harvests can be listed as "living stock" or "eco-lumber futures" allowing investors to buy and sell the stock as the markets dictate.
The secondary products produced by intercropping (crops grown between the trees) include lupen, soy, bamboo, pharmaceuticals, teas and herbal neutriceuticals, as well as edible produce, vegetables, such as alfalfa, wheat, corn, beans and fruit trees. Again, growing conditions will dictate the type of intercropping.
The tree canopy is relatively high and reduces wind speed. This reduces the ground temperature and evapotranspiration rates while increasing the relative humidity and microbial content in the soil. The product timber has a multiple tap root system that grows 5 to 7 meters down instead of out and allows plowing within half a meter of the trunk. Minerals are pumped up from those depths by the trees and stored in the leaves. The leaves make excellent animal fodder or can be composted, eliminating the need for fertilizers. The annual blooming of the trees produces vast amounts of honey which can be exported.
The secondary crops may be sold commercially 3 times a year or used for self-sustenance amongst the eco-dwellings surrounding the plantation. The intercropping farming activities can provide immediate income to the development. The trees will produce income during the second, the fifth and final 10 year harvest.
The AGRICULTURAL ECO-VILLAGE system can be designed to fit the climate and character of the host country. An approach can be used to address economically attainable and environmentally sustainable housing. Each "modern eco-village" can become a model community of either a residential, vacation resort, or a commercial character. Existing plans can be utilized or local architects and planners can work with the management team to develop a unique and distinct village character.
The management teams can be contracted to initiate the project with the intent to gradually train and develop the local workforce to be able to duplicate the project and form mini-plantations. Our team consists of a professional engineer and surveyor, bioponics specialists to plan the infrastructure of the greenhouses for tissue culture, plantation manager, plantation master planner, land research specialist and marketing specialists.
Globally, we are cutting down trees at the rate of 2 acres per second. Predictions by experts state that the Asian market alone will require approximately 2 billion trees by the turn of the century. Oak trees require 40 years to yield commercially viable hardwood. Poplar requires 10 to 15 years to produce pulpwood for paper. The product trees mentioned, produce pulp wood in 2 years and timber trunks in 5 years. The saplings are produced commercially through cloning. The clonal tissue is disease-free and has been proven to produce up to 4 times the usable timber of current conventional lumber sources.
If you or your group is interested in this project, please follow up with a letter of interest on your letterhead. A non-circumvention and non-disclosure must be executed by all wishing access or open discussions on the details of the project. A letter from your office will allow the names, financial projections and all other pertinent information to be released.
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