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@sajcolombo wrote:Dear Sudee,
Fist of all i must say BIG THANK YOU for sharing valuable and more practical info.
However it seems this topic is very interesting and useful for many in here...specially to me..
Yes i have to few more to clarify with you..BUT if i'm post more and more questions admin might chase both of us from the forum.
However it is good to have discussion like this and it's very very useful for newcomers for particular field (Plantation)...
Unfortunately i'm not allowed to post you a private message in here.
If you don't mind can i have your e mail id then i can send you through....
Once again A BIG THANK YOU AND HATS OFF FOR YOUR GREAT WORK..
@Sudee wrote:@manula wrote:@Sudee, thanks for the info.. these short varitey if i am correct called as hybrid plants ?? other thing we can plant intercop like Banana,Papol .. between the cocount trees and one of my friend has plant teak for the fence..from that you can earn extra income...
Yeah yeah, what ever the size of the land, should have teak around it. We normally call it teak fence. That adds extra value to the estate as well.
If inter crops are also under taken, then no of coconut trees has to be abt 70 pa. Other tis hing i have to mention is, if your doing coconut there should be a station person. And if ur thinking of these inter crops, this station person has to be even better. And depending on the extend of these cultivation, additional workers have to be hired. Managing these workers, finding good station person are very difficult.
If you believe that u can handle the man power smartly, then estate management is not difficult.
Yep, they are hybrid varieties.
@Sudee wrote:@ Manula,
Cinnamon of course i don't know. Coz since i'm in dry zone this in not within our reach.
My father does cashew plantation as well. Just like coconut & teak, this is also undertaken in the dry zone. I forgot to mention this earlier plus i'm not aware of this much.
Anyway, i would just compare this with those two plantation like this.
Initial investment: More than teak, but less than coconut
Harvesting: I think after 2-3 years (sooner than coconut)
Maintenance: Easier than coconut, but harder than teak.
Fertilizer: Much lower when compared with coconut
Harvesting: Normally it's done annually. But i think there are new varieties that can be harvested semi - annually.
(If u do in small scale, u have to stay in the estate through out the harvesting season, may be two three months) If you are interest tell me, i would be able to give more detail.
Most of the hotels in Sri lanka don't like Indians. Sorry, even if there are Indians in this forum. However, there are few good people as well. My experience is that, Indians who stay two or more nights are normally OK. They come to visit SL. As i know, this segment is small.
Most of the Indians come to SL as transit guest. They stay max one night in a hotel near Katunayake or Negombo. This segment is Big & Worst. Plus, Indians are not interested at Eco. They look for luxuries. So if u do an Eco hotel i don't think that u will get Indians & also don't look at that market.
Middle east guests like to visit SL up country than others. Hope u agree with me. What the hotels say is it is better to have some guest at least to B/E. So they look for Middle east market.
On top of this, if your planning to enter foreign tourist market, investment is very high as u want to get at least some stars. ( 2 or 3 at least)
My idea is that its good to start such projects targeting the locals. I see a improvement in travelling, enjoying & relaxing among the Sri lankans now. There is a growing demand for good places.
Thereafter, internet can be used to promote & sell the packages to foreigners, avoiding the tour operators. Once u get establish well, u may look for the charter guests, coz that gives u some assured sales, plus that will give access to high spending markets like Scandinavian & English.
However, when there are foreign guests who stay even the whole season in a beach resort on BB, average stay in an hill country hotel may be well below 10 nights. I believe that even the Eco hotels wont have long stay guests. So need to analyse these scenarios in depth, before moving ahead.
Are you sure that he has planted 400/acre?
Normally it should be about 200...
It's very simple, the tree won't get the required amount of sun rays.
I think the trees must be very tall? (due to this condition)
Anyway, can u give the measurement of the girth? (take this measurement at about 7 feet height from the ground)
And the price those vendors are offering? So that i would be able to tell whether it's reasonable.
Has he contacted Moratuwa vendors?
How many trees is he planning to sell? Based on the number i would be able to suggest you vendors.
If trees are matured well as you have told, the girth is not a big issue. I mean, if it is 30 years old, it should have some reasonable girth.
Oh! Kunu kollayata "Purchasing Trees" is a very common practice in our country@Backstage wrote:
He now tells me that he hasn't actually asked the local buyers as they then start harassing him and coming daily to see the trees.
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