Looking for Agarwood seeds

 

Agarwood seeds season in Thailand is coming … from end of April until end of June. Agarwood seeds have its harvesting season, in Thailand from May to June, or late by July.

Picture3The seeds will last only 7~10days from the day of collecting, any delay will affect the germination rate very much. Some people keep the seeds in controlled temperature environment to prolong the storage, maximum is 2 months. The seeds are not good. But, trader will not tell you this.

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‘Gaharu’ thefts in Perak, Malaysia

IPOH Feb 2014 : There has been an alarming increase in the number of foreigners encroaching on state forests and stealing precious wood, says the Perak Forestry Department yesterday.

Its director, Datuk Roslan Ariffin, said 10 foreigners and two locals were nabbed trying to smuggle gaharu from the Royal Belum State Park in three incidents recently.

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Vehicle loaded with agarwood grade B and C which was estimated worth RM500,000 wood stolen from forest Royal Belum.

“In the first arrest last Thursday, the Perak Anti-Smuggling Unit stopped four foreigners at Sungai Lebey Bandariang in Gerik and found gaharu on them.”

In the second arrest on Saturday, a foreigner driving a four-wheel-drive was caught in Jalan Timur Barat Gerik-Jeli at 4.30pm.

On the same day, seven men, including five foreigners, were arrested in Bersia, Gerik, at 8.30pm.

“All suspects are aged between 25 and 35, and the gaharu seized are worth RM2 million,” Roslan said, adding that the total amount of gaharu seized were 400kg.

Part of the 400kg of ‘ fragrance wood‘gaharu’gaharu’ worth RM2 million seized by the Perak Forestry Department.

Roslan urged villagers staying near the forest areas to be the department’s eyes and ears to keep such illegal activities in check.

My personal point of view, having judged on the photo, the wood will never ever bid for such high of price. These woods are of lower incense grade, or better still go into distillation pot. Most probably the confiscated woods could be open for public auction at much higher price…. but who wants them? or officers will be rewarded higher bonus end of the year for their hard work in protecting the natural resources.

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Agarwood in Sri Lanka

Sadaharitha Plantations to promote Agarwood cultivation in Ingiriya

Sri Lanka, Daily News 22 Jan 2014….
One of Sri Lanka’s leading commercial forestry companies Sadaharitha Plantations Limited, which is in the process of promoting Agarwood cultivation has set up the largest nursery in the world at Ingiriya that could accommodate one million plants.

“The company plan is to be one of the leading Agarwood exporters by 2022 in the world and the company has signed a forward selling agreement with a Western Australian company Wescorp, the largest producer of Sandalwood and Agarwood in the world,” its Chairman and Managing Director Sathis Nawarathna said.

He said that Saddhartha Plantations is now involved in research on the tree with government patronage.Therefore the Treasury has provided Rs 11.5 million through the National Research Council to conduct research on this tree for a three year period to promote this on a commercial basis.

The company is in the process of propagating Agar wood cultivation in Sri Lanka under an out-grower model, which was a very successful project to draw high levels of foreign exchange to the country, Nawarathna said.

He said that at present there are more than 20,000 investors registered with Sadaharitha Plantations and more than 2000 acres of land that has been cultivated with Teak, sandalwood, Rambutan and their latest plant is Agarwood.

The company’s main objective is to protect the environment by promoting commercial forestry. Therefore, they only select the barren lands for their projects, which consists Agar wood cultivation under the “Divi Neguma” scheme, he said.

Sadaharitha Plantation Limited has managed to maintain its market leadership position in this investment category for the past ten years by delivering their promise to the customers year on year in the form of benefits rewards and return in investments, he said.

Speaking on the company’s plans and performance its Chief Executive Director, H.K. Rohana said that their commercial plantations are managed international standards and feasible for the Sri Lankan environment.

“Investors for these plantation would be able to fetch a premium prices in the global market in the future.”

“Any prospective investor could invest for a ten perch to one acre and above land plots and the company will guarantee the return on investment for a tree for a minimum of Rs 25,000, after eight years of maturity. (for an Agarwood tree.)

“For Sandalwood tree it takes three to four years for maturity and for Teak tree it is seven years to mature. Both of them are guaranteed of high return on investments,” he added.

z_pv-Sadaharitha-04The company started in 12 years ago embarked on a project to promote a green economy in Sri Lanka by way of encouraging investments in commercial forestry. “Today all of our lands have obtained the ISO 14001 quality certification and it is the first and the only company in this category in Sri Lanka to receive this prestigious certification,” he added.

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Bamboo Stick Inducement

Application of Bamboo stick on mature trees…

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啞巴沉香 Gaharu buaya

啞巴沉香(倣沉香、假沉香)
瑞香科Aetoxylon屬
樹種Gaharu buaya(在馬來西亞及印尼當地人的稱謂)。
產區:西沙撈越(Sarawak)與加里曼丹(Kalimantan),
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外觀與真沉香相似,會沉水,常用在雕刻和佛珠上。因價錢極低,在西沙撈越其出口的數量比Gaharu(真沉香)為多。沉香消費者、收藏者需當心留意。
1558875_234067926764827_907763942_n 1598389_234062043432082_690368545_n依據聯合國臨危野生國際公約目前認定沉香的來源為沉香屬與擬沉香屬的樹種。
西沙撈越假沉香(啞巴沉香)點燃香氣不佳,但作手會將真沉香油塗抹在假沉香上在用烘熱或炊熱方法將沉香油浸入表層,如果消費者不察只削表皮外層 用煎香器品香,或用點然法燃燒表層,將造成誤判甚之,莫成遺憾。市面所售佛珠很多是此種啞巴沉所假,外表很黑投之入水。

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心見聞.沉香不是木 越沉越芬芳

小小的爐子,點著天然的沉香木,油脂泌出,仿彿可以聽到空氣裡油脂分泌滋滋作響的聲音,微微的,輕輕的,你感覺那香味,才一轉眼,那香味已經鋪天蓋地,這裡那裡,在斗室裡尋求空隙“流浪”去了。  “中國人有一句話說,清洗一個空間,用水用火可能也沒有辦法清洗徹底,但是香有這樣的功能,香可以無孔不入,可以穿牆透壁,尤其是沉香,滲透力非 常強。就好比這個空間,每天不同的人入住,很多不同的氣場,有些人進來為什么不能睡覺,因為上一個人可能帶來很多負面的能量我們不知道。”

“沉香可以淨化空間,也可以安定心神。特別是如果屋子潮濕,瘴氣很多。在能量學裡,一個人要生病從屋子開始,人需要已經被淨化的空間。”

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心見聞.沉香不是木 越沉越芬芳

沉香對藝術家來說,有一種飄逸的境界,有一次點了沉香,朋友說沒有嗅到。而另外一位朋友,一走進來就說:嘩,好香的沉香味。沉香,它自在,飄逸,你努力深呼吸,它躲起來;你不在意,它就跑出來。這或許就是法師說的“若隱若無”,不覺察時忽然就聞到了。

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Perfume in Islam

If you buy expensive perfume, you don’t look at it like your are wasting money, because perfume is actually considered sadaqah, for other people.

Oud oil

This oil might not be the best in Oud’s world, but the best in Malaysia of its class

In other words, if you put on perfume, initially you’ll smell it. But after that you don’t smell it. Whereas when you come up to people they smell it. So really the point of perfume is the other people and for that reason you should buy good scent.

The prophet SAW bought the best scent. Even though he was very frugal in his other matters. In perfume, he actually wore the best perfume.”

(Sheikh Hamza Yusuf)

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