Monday, April 15, 2013

Melia Dubia Consortium - Invitation to Participate

In the last few years, there has been a lot of interest exhibited in the cultivation of Melia Dubia as a biomass / timber crop. The interest has been primarily generated in the southern Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu due to favorable climatic conditions. As always, we are glad to respond to scores of inquires regarding cultivation and commercial prospects of Melia Dubia as an investment venture.

While there are small pockets of cultivation spread across the region, there is no organized effort in promoting the product to the best of our knowledge. We feel it would be helpful for like-minded agri-prenuers to form a group to periodically meet, brainstorm ideas about cultivation, marketing and creating awareness about this crop in the timber industry.

While the earlier cultivators of Melia Dubia broke ground about 3-5 years ago, I think this is the right time to collectively organize thoughts and efforts. Immediate and longer term benefits would be :
  • To spread awareness among agri-prenuers of the potential of this timber.
  • To educate cultivators of cultivation practices.
  • To develop marketing approaches and connect producers with consumers.
  • To bypass brokers and engage end-customers as a consortium with supply-side leverage.
  • To investigate additional revenue streams for Melia Dubia consumption.
As part of initial pulse-check, I would be interested to see how many folks are interested and have the ability to actively participate. Please take the poll on the right panel to express your current interest. I anticipate initial discussions to be conference calls and later move into physical meetings. Don't forget to drop us a note (info@saverafarms.com) with your contact details so we may reach out to you.

For your reading pleasure, feel free to peruse through these online resources on Melia Dubia :
  • http://www.clenergen.com/biomass/melia-dubia
  • http://www.hunsply.com/meliadubia.html
  • http://www.benwood.eu/cms/dmdocuments/JagdishChander_Meliadubiapotentialspecies.pdf
April 28 Update : The polling tool mentioned above was standard issue from Google (Blogger) but did not work as expected and was removed. However, we have heard from a few participants already, please continue to reach out to us via email and we'll be sure to include you when the initial consortium discussions are organized.

42 comments:

  1. Yes, I am ready to cultivate Melia Dubia in Rajasthan if possible. Please guide me from where I should buy the seeds/seedlings in Rajasthan.

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    1. I am not sure if Melia Dubia will thrive well in Rajasthan during winters. You may want to try a few trees first. I do not any suppliers in Rajasthan.

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  2. This is very good extra income for the poor farmers. Not only in South but in North India also we should try for it at least near fencing. If it is beneficial, we should start in full volume. I request like minded farmers to get together for the comments and experience gained.

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  3. Southern India has a very ideal climate for teak , how is Melia Dubia comparable to teak in terms of care and financial viability ?

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    1. It is tought to compare the two..Melia Dubia can be harvested in 6-7 years while Teak is harvested after 20+ years...Both of them require in terms of irrigation. I do not know much about Teak but you can expect 10 to 15 cubic ft from Melia after 5-7 years based on soil, climate, soil and water quality..

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    2. Will we require govt permits to chop/transport melia subia, just as teak?

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  4. Hi this is madan from Coimbatore Dt.I am very much interested in cultivation of melia dubia.I want to have information about plantation.
    U mentioned u did with 2ft * 2ft pit.And 8ft * 8ft gap is for each saplings.so Approx 680 trees per acre .
    Is it ok to leave all the 680 trees till 7th year.OR Any culling should happen at 3rd or 4th year.Please share your experience.

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    1. Typically, weaker plants are culled after a few years. Currently, we have not culled any but may consider in future.

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    2. ok,Thanks for your feedback.

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  5. Hi ,
    I am also interested to do Milea Dubia plantation in my agriculture land, but am bit skeptical about the marketing and demand about this wood. Can you refer me some information on the same.

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  6. I too am interested in Melea Dubia, but am very skeptical about the marketing and demand for this wood. Demand for this wood from plywood manfacturers would mean a major boost for this commodity.

    Please explain how we could recognize the demand manufacturers have for Melia Dubia

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  7. Hi my name is Rohit from Punjab... I want to buy a farming land at Grontla where I am planning for melia Dubia cultivation. I want to know that is this location is good for such of plantation? What the high breed seed or plant will cost? and What is the Melia Dubia wood current rate/ ton?

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    1. Severe cold in winters may be an issue. Saplings typically cost around Rs 15/-

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  8. Hi, I am Suresh from Coimbatore. I am planning to cultivate melia dubia in my 10 acre farm near to the foothills of western Ghats. I would like to know which is the best saplings to select from cloned or germinated from seeds. Please give your opinion based on your experience, which will work out well in terms of good yield.

    Regards

    Suresh.

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  9. hi , what is teh current price per cufeet for Melea Dubia, as last week i called one of the plywood industries they told me 300-350 per cufeet ......if this is the case then it is not so profitable as advertised ...kindly reply

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    1. Hi Basavaraj, Upl contact Ambiply panels and doors 678/3 kurumbanur Dosanoor(post) Mettupalayam-641305.. In jan 2013 Rs7300/Tn&for 48"Girth and above 370 per CFT

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  12. Hi i have planted 200 miliea dubia plants in an acre land near Medak district ,Andhrapradesh, which is now part of telangana region, a year ago now they are 17 feet high. But I am still unsure on the market for this wood, is anyone aware of the market potential for this wood? Apart from Hunsply,Ambiply who else is buying this..wood,state wise any information greatly appreciated.
    thanks

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  13. Hi I want to know about the suitability of Melia Dubia for MDF industries. Please guide me.thankyou

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  14. Yes I also agree with that point of improvement with “Melia Dubia”. It may bring a drastic rise financially for plywood industry too. I think; that is a great matter to discuss as well follow up. Please have your sharing equally here on this blog, regarding the matter.
    Ebony timber suppliers

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  15. Hello Sir,

    I am Vamshi from Hyderabad, I have around 1000 trees for Melia Dubia in my farm near Kohir (100 KM from Hyderabad). The trees are coming up well, few are as tall as 40 ft with 18 inches in girth. Now my question is - has anyone sold their trees so far, I want to plant more but would like to know first hand experience from Market.

    Thanks,
    Vamshi

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  16. I am Bharat from bijapur,karnataka. i want to cultivate melia dubia in my land which is 10 acres. can it be done as rainfed? if yes, please let me know the nearest market to bijapur city.

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  17. Hi, I am Sarvananda from Tumkur, Karnataka. I am planning to cultivate Melia Dubia(Hebbevu) in our farm. Information is available on how to grow and maintain them. But none are telling us how to sell them? who are the buyers?, Will the market be in same condition after 10 years when we get the proper yield. Basically I want the platform to sell the tree once it attains harvest?

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    1. Dear star ananda ,
      Kindly mention your mobile number..

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  18. HI,

    We want to grow Melia Dubia near Andhra Pradesh - Karnataka border. Is it suitable?

    Is there anybody who has grown Melia Dubia for many years? Can we get contact of somebody so that we can visit the farm?

    Waiting for reply.

    Thanks

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  19. If anyone get full info about buyers kindly do mention your comments ....
    My what's app num.. +971529832347

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  20. Above 18 inches in girth and lenght 104 inches. Plz contact 9502377888
    I am a plywood manufacture. Looking for good supplier

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    1. Hi, we have planted 1200 plants at Talkad, Mysore around 2 years ago. They are growing very well. Please let me know how is the market for Melia Dubia. Do I need to prune the plants or should I let them grow as such?

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  21. Above 18 inches in girth and lenght 104 inches. Plz contact 9502377888
    I am a plywood manufacture. Looking for good supplier

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  22. Hi
    I am aniket form vidharbha . is nagpur's clamate is suitable for malia dubia ?

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  23. Hi
    I am aniket form vidharbha . is nagpur's clamate is suitable for malia dubia ?

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  24. Hi
    I am aniket form vidharbha . is nagpur's clamate is suitable for malia dubia ?

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  25. Hi Nishant Sir, What is the current price for one cubic feet..

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  26. Pls give me information about melia dubia trees wood buyer in Gujarat...
    9725043402 is my mobile number...

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  27. Hello,
    Kind attn : Mr. Nishant singhal,
    I have got 340 melia dubia trees, matured for harvest. The size of trees range from 18 inches to 42 inches in girth with average 30 inches. Height of trees is above 20 feet that is 120 inches.My farm is in kanakapura near bangalore. I am ready to sell the trees. Please consider my offer.
    Thanks,
    V.Ravikumar
    post.ravikumar@gmail.com
    ph. : 9980044408

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  28. Ravikumar...
    Here malia dubia buyers is fack no one buyer only fack fack fack..so don't west time here...
    Search out side

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  29. I planning to cultivate melia dubia(hebbevu) near bijapur..could you please tel me market demand in bijapur for melia dubai.if anyone is done any market research in north karnataka

    Thanks in advance
    Ramesh

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