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Why Agarwood Oud Oil Has Become More Precious Than Gold

While Asian and European markets have traditionally favored softer floral and citrus scents, global consumer tastes are moving toward those derived from the aromatic oils of oud, sandlewood and amber long associated with the people of the Gulf. Oud, known in English as agarwood, originates from the barks of trees that only grow in parts of South East Asia. For thousands of years, it has been used in the Middle East and Asia in the form of wooden incense chips, body oils and fragrance, becoming synonymous with hospitality in the Arabian Peninsula. Its smell varies from person to person, and is [...]

Plantations International Launches Centre of Gaharu Excellence

Plantations International through its fully owned Indonesian subsidiary PT Gaharu Kapita Indonesia hosted myriad of dignitaries from local government and the military to commemorate its grand opening of “The Centre of Gaharu Excellence “ in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Centre of Gaharu Excellence is a 20 year joint collaboration project between Plantations International’s PT Gaharu Kapita Indonesia and The Instiper Agricultural Institute in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The main purpose of The Centre of Gaharu Excellence is to produce the highest quality Gaharu / Agarwood Chips and Oud Oil for the export market and provide Gaharu farmers throughout Indonesia with the knowledge and technical [...]

Musang King Challenged by New Royal Durian

Musang King, the Malaysian durian variety which reigns supreme among fans of the fruit, could see a new challenger to the throne. The Royal ASFA50 - which stands for Anniversary Sirajuddin Fauziah 50 - was introduced to mark the 50th anniversary of the marriage of the ruler of northern Perlis state, the Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail and Raja Perempuan of Perlis Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid. ASFA50 is said to taste as good as its internationally-renowned cousin but needs only less than half the time to mature. According to Mr Ferri Anugerah Makmur, who owns the [...]

Organic vs. Natural – What You Need To Know!

The difference between Organic and Natural is as vast as the difference between a cat and a car. All of us want to eat as healthy as possible, but the advertising industry has been deliberately and un-ethically using the word "Natural" to describe its processed foods for some time, below Plantations International tries to shed some light on the topic for you. What is Organic? Organic is a legally defined system of agriculture which seeks to use ecological methods of production. Its goal is to learn from and mimic natural processes in order to produce the food we eat while also [...]

Special Report: China and The Global Garlic Market

OVERVIEW GLOBAL GARLIC MARKET China, by far the world's largest garlic producer, sets the conditions in the global market. Rumours about problems with the crop and possible losses are being taken relatively calmly by the international market, although there are reports that importers are monitoring their import flows more closely and importing more from other countries in order to avoid problems. Argentinian growers are struggling to maintain their position on the world market. Due to high costs and competition from other countries, they risk losing their capacity to compete. Israeli growers are frustrated about the import quotas, which only allow imports [...]

Thailand based company to help bolster agarwood quality

A Cambodian Agarwood company is teaming up with a Thailand investment partner to spend USD 100 million improving the quality of Cambodia’s agarwood trees, according to a memorandum of understanding signed by the two companies yesterday. Thoub Chankrassna Khmer Co (TCK), which owns agarwood plantations and an incense factory in Preah Sihanouk province, has partnered with Thai-based First Capital Group (FCG) in the hopes of improving the growth, processing and manufacturing of Cambodia’s 1 million agarwood trees. Agarwood, a fragrant wood harvested for its aromatic, religious and medical applications, is a non timber forest product that can fetch prices upwards of [...]

How Does CITES Regulate the Agarwood Trade

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Widespread information nowadays about the endangered status of many prominent species, such as the tiger and elephants, might make the need for such a convention seem obvious. But at the time when the ideas for CITES were first formed, in the 1960s, international discussion of the regulation of wildlife trade for conservation purposes was something relatively new. With hindsight, the need [...]