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Investing in a Palm Oil Plantation Business

Palm oil is native to West Africa. Nigeria used to be the world’s largest producer of oil palm before the oil boom era, but Malaysia has now taken the leading position. Oil palm plantation and allied industries is now the main stay of the Malaysian economy. The palm tree can be used in various ways: the leaves are used in making brooms and for roofing materials (in the rural areas). The bark of the fond can be peeled and woven into baskets, the main trunk can be split like sawn timbers and used as part of building materials, while palm wine can also be obtained from the palm tree, as well as red palm oil, which is readily obtainable from the fresh fruit bunches.

When the fruit is processed, however, the residue obtained can be used as fuel (for cooking and fertilizer to improve soil nutrient).

Red palm oil is used in cooking, making soap, candle and margarine. Palm kernel oil can be extracted from the nut, while the residue obtainable in the process of palm kernel oil extraction, otherwise called palm kernel cake, is used as livestock feed.

Palm kernel oil is used in vegetable oil and soap making, and the shells are useful as energy source. The uses to which oil palm can be made seem non-exhaustive. This clearly indicates that investment made in the establishment of oil palm plantation is nothing but a wise one.

The market is guaranteed for all the products of oil palm plantation in this era of global food crisis.

Technical Information

To establish palm oil plantation, involves getting a good site where rich, well-drained acidic soils are abundant. The soil should have adequate quantities of potassium, magnesium and nitrogen. Soil tests should therefore be carried out to determine the nutrient status of the land. It is usually better to use the early maturing variety called ‘tenera,’ which bears fruits as from the fourth year.

Other requirements include seedlings procurement, which can be obtained from reputable nurseries. Prospective investors must engage the services of agricultural experts in the course of establishing this project.

Other cultural practices are planting, regular weeding, pruning and fertilizer application.

Financial Aspect

We are recommending 50 hectares for a start. 20 hectares oil palm plantation can conveniently service a palm oil mill that will be established by the owner when the plantation starts to bring fruit. To establish 50 hectares of plantation, the sum of N10, 500,000 will be required and this is broken down as follows:

Pre-investments: N300, 000
Land acquisition: N4, 000,000
Land clearing/preparation: N3, 000,000
Seedlings procurement: 120/ha(2400 @ N500): N1, 200,000
Other cultural practices @N100, 000/ha: N2, 000,000
Total N10, 500,000

Income Analysis

A mature plantation will start to give an investor five tons of red palm oil annually from the fourth year per hectare. 100 metric tons of oil can be obtained annually from 20 hectares of plantation.

A ton of red palm oil is a minimum of N150, 000, while gross revenue of N15 million is obtained from red palm oil.

We can also get three metric tons of palm kernels per hectare, which gives us 60 tons from 20 hectares. This translates to annual income of N4.2 million. Total income realisable is about N19.2 million, while the annual operating expense is put at N5.8 million.

This leaves us with net income of N13.4 million annually for the investor for the rest of his/her life. Serious-minded investors can be assisted in realising this worthwhile investment.

Buying Platinum Jewelry As an Investment

Investing in a precious metal like platinum can be a good long-term hedge against the volatility of the stock market, and there are many ways to invest in it. One of the best ways is to buy jewelry made from pure platinum. This allows you to hold a valuable commodity as well as wear a beautiful piece of jewelry – sort of like having your cake and eating it too!

Here are some great reasons to buy platinum jewelry as an investment:

  • The strength of platinum allows jewelers to make quite intricate, yet extremely durable, pieces without mixing in other metals. Thus, you can have a piece that is practical both as jewelry and as a bullion-type investment.
  • Platinum is about 30 times more rare than gold, yet is usually valued in the same general price range. Since it is so rare and so useful, many people believe that platinum could drastically increase in value in the coming years.
  • Platinum is stronger and more durable than either silver or white gold, and is impervious to rust or tarnish, and so is a great alternative to these metals as jewelry.
  • Platinum is important in the auto industry, for use in anti-pollution devices. As environmental regulations get stricter over the years, the value of platinum should continue to rise. And as emerging markets like China and India continue their explosive growth (car sales in China grew by more than 50% in 2009), the demand for platinum will continue to grow as well. All these factors point to a steady increase in the value of platinum jewelry in the coming years.

A Simple Formula For Success in Your Home Business

You now want to start your own home business. You searched the internet for the right business opportunity that will make your dreams come true. You know it is out there, everyone is doing it; now you just have to find it. But which ones are good opportunities and which are not. How do you know? What are some of the signs for success with a home business?

The World Wide Web seems to offer everything imaginable. People are claiming “I have found what is going to make you successful”. However, without some extensive research and a little insight on how the whole web works, you might just find yourself losing a great deal lot of money and time. Do these people actually believe we are going to put our trust and money into something or someone that promises us fortunes in the first month of business? That’s a bit much for me. Not that fortunes can’t be made in the internet business, but it usually takes time and work. There is nothing for free and instant. So this helps weed out a few thousand opportunities that promises fortunes for nothing. So now what?

Here are a few tips to think about before jumping into the home business waters and becoming affiliated with a company. How long has the company been in business? Do they provide a phone number for you to contact them? This may sound simple, but it’s amazing how many don’t. If so, is there a real person behind the phone number or it is just a recorded message? Have they ever been sued? That actually is a good thing because no company is perfect, even the large and long-standing corporations, and you want to know if they are strong enough to withstand the scrutiny of a law suit. Does the company provide training or support or just leave you hanging out there on your own? These are just a few of the initial questions you need to be asking yourself. They will make a huge difference in your decision as to what type of company you want to be affiliated with. This is your first sign to look for to starting your own successful home business.

What about their product or service? What is their target market? Is it a small niche market or a large market that everyone would be interested in? Is it consumable where there is repeat business? Is there shipping involved? What is the turn around time to receive the product? Very important – is it a product that you can believe in, want to share with your friends, and not be embarrassed to say you are affiliated with? If you cannot answer yes to this last question, find another product or service. Who wants to be involved in something that they really hate. That is probably why they left their JOBS – to find something more fulfilling. So finding something you resonate with is a must sign to look for.

Now you have the found the right company and the right product, so what is it going to cost you to become involved with this opportunity. While the old saying “you get what you pay for” is usually true, there are still some cases where this is not true. I have a friend that invested $4000 to join a business that sounded great but actually wasn’t because you had to go out and find and market your own product. Then there are the companies that sound great with zero investment and they were gone before you could blink an eye. So it is important to do your research. Talk to others who are in the business you are interested in. How long have they been in the business and how long did it take them to make any profits? You can learn tons on information while talking to others who have already walked the walk. Do you really expect to make a business successful without investing some money, time and effort toward that goal?

Ok, you have found the company, like the product and the investment is within your capabilities. What about the compensation plan? Is it a MLM? We all know about the pyramids where only the top people make the big money. Do you really want to share your commissions for every single sale you make? Most of us would say no. So how do you know the difference? Put some time and energy in learning exacting how their compensation package works. There are multi level marketing companies that are not pyramids and offer lucrative compensation packages. Again, talk to others in the business and find out how it worked for them. Are they happy with the company? What is the retention rate with the company? We know everyone is an individual and the achievement levels will vary according to their skills and level of commitment, but this information will help with your evaluation of the company. Know going in that you will have to pay your dues with some genuine effort and commitment and that success won’t happen overnight. But you will also know that it will be worth it in the long run. Isn’t that what we really want?

I believe a critical “sign to success” is to ask if there is a great level of support and mentoring team. Do they just claim they do or can you actually see how the support system works? Do they have business systems in place that can be duplicated so you do not have to reinvent the wheel? Is their initial support to help you get started? Is this support continual or do they kick you out of the nest after a short period of time? Do the team members compete against each other or do they support each other knowing there is abundance for all? Do they have regular team meetings via telephone? Do they have training calls available? Can you actually talk to a live person to answer your questions? Do they have annual conferences where everybody can get to know everybody else? This is especially great if the company is large and in many different locations. It is nice to put names to faces.

These are just a few guidelines to get you thinking about the process of starting a home business or internet home business. Not all companies may have everything you might be looking for. It is up to you to decide if the things that are missing are important enough for you to rule them out.

Last tip – IF YOU DON’T LOVE IT – DON’T DO IT! If they promise you big fortunes in 30 days, it is probably too good to be true. There is no free lunch.

I’m writing this because my own travel through this experience was a difficult one and I wanted to share some of my insights with the hope of helping others through their own journey. Through my own journey, I found a personal development product/business that not only helped me grow as a person but provided a lucrative business opportunity as well. I was able to answer “yes” to most of my own questions before I made the leap into a new world of home business.