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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is it legal to grow / sell Sandalwood? Does Govt. of India permit this?
  2. Sandalwood trees were the property of the government for years, but now the rule has changed. As per the Section 108 of the Karnataka Forest (Amendment) Act 2001, sandalwood tree grown in a specific land is the property of the owner of the land. Hence, anybody can grow sandalwood without any apprehensions. The government is also giving subsidy to grow sandalwood through State Medicinal Plants Authority and Horticulture Department. Tamil Nadu Govt has released a G.O "The Tamilnadu Sandalwood Trees on Patta Land Rules 2008" (G.O.Ms.No.140 Environment and Forest (FR4), 27th November 2008) wherein the owner of land shall be the absolute owner of sandalwood as per the Amended Act.

    Kindly check the proofs provided below:

    The Karnataka Forest Amendment Act of 2001- Sandalwood

  3. Can Sandalwood cultivation really fetch crores of rupees?
  4. Yes it can. Kindly find the following increase in price since 1990 till 2010. The prices mentioned below at per metric ton (mt). As per our project analysis we would be able to fetch upto 8 (mt) from each acre of cultivation.

    a) Indian Sandalwood has huge demand worldwide and the supply is currently way under the demand.
    b) 100 gms of branch wood (sandalwood) costs Rs 900 (source: Mysore sandal soap, Karnataka)
    c) 5 ml of sandalwood oil costs Rs 1350 (source: Mysore sandal soap, Karnataka)

    Year Price in INR per(mt)
    1991-1992 266,000
    1993-1995 332,500
    1996-1997 612,500
    1998-1999 777,000
    1999-2000 770,000
    2000-2001 1,081,500
    2001-2002 1,288,000
    2001-2003 1,911,000
    2003-2004 2,054,500
    Jan-05 2,985,500
    Jul-05 3,262,000
    Apr-06 3,690,785
    May-07 3,443,650
    Dec-07 3,779,475
    Nov-08 3,850,000
    Sep-09 4,025,000
    Aug-10 5,535,000

  5. Is it possible to harvest Sandalwood in 15 years as we heard it takes around 35-40 Years?
  6. So far we have only heard and known Sandalwood which was naturally grown in the forest atmosphere. Sandalwood is a semi parasite crop and depends on host plants for most of its nutrients, this is not readily available in the forest and therefore the growth takes time. Adding to this is the Govt policy which restricts living trees being cut down in Forests. Only dead Sandalwood trees in forests can be taken for production.

    However, the scenario in organized cultivation is different. Host plants, water and fertilizer management are properly done to ease Sandalwood's growth thus achieving optimum output within 15 years.

  7. If the results are guaranteed, then why don't the farmers do the farming themselves?
  8. Our company have already identified the huge potential in Sandalwood cultivation and to make this even more successful and risk free they have pooled in the highest talent & expertise.

    In our country, everyone knows about farmers that they are struggling in agriculture field due to many reasons. They are not in a position to invest for compound wall, security, etc., etc.

    Many individuals, especially the working class employees wish to get into farming. However, lack of time and expertise keeps them away from doing so. Many farmers are not willing for sandal wood cultivation, as it is a long tern crop. They are willing to do short term crop viz., paddy, vegetables, etc. for running their family.

    As a company, we help these individuals and showing wonderful opportunity for their investment.

  9. Can we buy a plot of land without Sandalwood plantation on it, for construction?
  10. No. The very purpose of we doing this project is to get the benefits from the final crop.

  11. Do you have any Insurance for this crop as it is a long term crop?
  12. Yes. We take Insurance once the plants fetch the market value.

  13. I would like to see the site. Do you provide the transport facility to visit the site?
  14. You are welcome to visit the site on sundays. We will arrange transportation facility from our office.

  15. Are there any discounts or price negotiations?
  16. The offer price is fixed and we do not have any scope for negotiations.

  17. How am I benefitted, what's in it for me?
  18. a) You get the ownership of your plot.
    b) You get 50% profit share in one of the world's richest cultivations without personally involving yourself as everything is taken care by the project owners. You invest, sit back and share the yields.
    c) 15th year the sandalwood crop yields and fetches the expected fortune of lakhs.
    d) Access to guest house with family.
    e) Clearance from Government has been availed thus no interpretation from the Government for sandalwood sale.
    f) The best part I liked is that the income under this project is TAX FREE as it comes under "Green Money".
    g) If we keep the commercialism aside, you would be a proud contributor of trees to the environment.

  19. When is the land registered in my name?
  20. The registration is done on receipt of full payment.

  21. Can we have choice in selecting the plot allocated to us?
  22. An up to date copy of the layout and allocation would be available at our website and allocations are done on first come first serve basis (without any prior reservations) to maintain a fair and transparent ownership.

  23. What happens if my piece of land yields lesser than the others? Will I get lesser returns?
  24. As in cultivation, the yields might/would differ depending on lots of reason/s therefore the collective yield is divided cumulatively among all the members, irrespective of individual contribution.

  25. What if I wish to sell the property in the mid of the term?
  26. As the owner you are free to transfer/change the ownership however the new owner has to agree/follow the same agreement of cultivation as done originally. Any/all cost/s immerging out of the transfer has to be borne by the customer or the new party.

  27. As a member, is everything free of cost in the project guest house?
  28. The project guest house has been planned to provide basic facilities for members, planning for a short visit 3 days per annum (with prior intimations). However, the members are requested to use the facility only if needed and only for a short time as this would not be a full time accommodation.

  29. What is the project exit plan?
  30. The sandalwood harvest will bring the project to an end. Thereafter, the entire project would be handed over to the customers after forming an association.

  31. What is the security being provided for the investments and is it justified?
  32. Land is the only immovable instrument involved in farming. All other assets like, saplings, bore-wells, drip, security, compound walls, sump, guest house, shed for watchman, including the time, effort & expertise of the team is invested on this unmovable asset and this instrument called land is being registered in the name of the investors.

  33. Whom do I consult/approach in case of legal conflicts?
  34. Optimum care has been taken to avoid conflicts and the customers are welcome for verbal discussions with us and other members collectively. However, in case of no solution, any legal conflicts are limited to Chennai jurisdiction.