Agarwood plantations go beyond providing a solution to prevent loss of agarwood tree species in our forest. They can also provide sustainable financial incentives and livelihoods for local communities, while restoring and conserving ecosystems. 

Below are five key factors that we must be overcome to develop sustainable Agarwood production:

  1. Quality Planting Materials:
  2. Plantation Management: Substantial scientific data is used when establishing and managing plantations, starting with the soil, fertilisers, irrigation, light, symbiotic relationship of species, and conditions of a site. Suitable species of trees are selected to match these conditions, as well as the appropriate spacing between trees and best planting methods. The preparation of a site must be considered as well, and if vegetation control is necessary to create an environment for new tree seedlings to grow. Sometimes it will be determined that land is not suitable to have trees planted and should be left in its current state to support any identified Species-at-Risk.
  3. Agarwood inducement Technology: Difficulties accessing technologies and inoculant formulae have discouraged farmers from participating in planting agarwood. Top quality agarwood requires long fungi attack and tree defense mechanism processes as they occur in nature. Even though revenues from agarwood can range from millions to hundreds of millions of pesos during harvest seasons, the long waits involved discourage farmers from developing agarwood. 
  4. Fluid Extraction Technology: Affordable technologies are needed for processing agarwood into more competitive products, such as essential oil.
  5. Analytical Laboratory Services:
  6. Product Development:
  7. Market access: To help farmers, particularly small farmers market their products and that will promote sustainable agarwood production.