A Comparative Analysis Of The Advantages Of Growing Paulownia Vs. Teak

A couple of years back teak was considered the panacea of solutions for socio economic difficulties in Panama.  But, now, the harsh reality of developing teak is broadly known.  Founded in many nations as a weed, Panama is one of the few countries on the planet that provides tax incentives for planting Tectona Grandis, teak.

 The collapse of teak leaves is among the principal causes of severe erosion and fire throughout the country.  The high oil content of the tree and leaves is similar to tinder or kindling for fires during the rainy season.  When the leaves fall to the floor, they don't disintegrate quickly and serve no useful function in the woods either as natural fertilizer or feed for animals.

Now there are huge forests of teak all over Panama.  Instead of contributing to the nation?s economy, they're now depleting the federal treasury through tax deductions provided to the wealthy.  Globally there are more offers to sell teak compared to buy.

A number of these stands of teak are more than twenty five years old.  Why aren?t they being sold?  There are two primary reasons: one the price of teak at Panama is not in synch with the realities of the price of teak on the world market and 2, buyers today are more educated and are asking documentation which most Panamanians cannot supply because they haven't made the financial investment necessary for this type of venture, instead their interests are to conceal cash from taxation.  ?  Documents are among the key requirements for selling timber in today?s world market.  This documentation proves that the manufacturer is not damaging the jungle or environment to extract timber.

Now, there is a new alternative for agroindustry and multidimensional farming.  This new paradigm of agroforestry allows for a mixture of the traditional with the nontraditional producing more income for the farm and in the same time restoring the ecology of the nation.  A research done by USAID/AED? A FINANCIAL ANALYSIS OF SUSTAINABLE CATTLE FARMING SYSTEMS IN THE WATERSHED OF THE PANAMA CANAL?  Dated June 2005 proves the financial viability of increasing cattle using trees.  Although the study mentions some species of trees, it doesn't mention species using high agricultural value.  Choosing the correct species will not only serve as a source of revenue but also be an integral and significant part the daily life of the farm.

Paulownia could be that species.  Paulownia is recognized as the fastest growing tree in the world, the aluminum of trees.  Grown for centuries on the Pacific Rim, paulownia has a greater value than teak around the world market and gives the opportunity to possess three harvests at the time it requires teak to have one.

The paulownia leaves are used in many parts of the planet has feed for animals due to its high nutritive value.

With the price of property in the clouds now, farms are smaller and farmers must optimize the economic utility of every hectare.  Different than teak, after two years, the farmer can graze cows between the paulownia trees without damaging them.

Paulownia increases the fertility of the property.  The leaves disintegrate quickly feeding the natural grasses that restrain erosion of top soil.  Paulownia also functions as a natural firebreak.  The ignition temperature of paulownia is roughly 425 degrees centigrade.

Each of these elements combined: the world market price, world demand and supply, rate of growth, and a fast return on investment compared to teak, the nutrient value of paulownia as feed for animals, the benefit to top soil as a fertilizer and ultimately the ignition point of paulownia create paulownia an ideal addition to today?s farms.

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