- It is fast growing tree with life cycle of 10 to 15 years, specially suited for production of Veneers & Plywood.
- It grows well even in rainfall areas of 25” to 35” (625mm to 875mm)
- It grows well with irrigation even in lower rainfall areas
- Average growth of Melia Dubia is approx 1 Cft per year per tree
- In pure plantation growth is slightly slower, it requires space to grow. We recommend space of 20’ x 20’
- This tree grows very round and sound almost without knots
- It branches between 15’ to 25’ with clear straight bole
- Density of timber is between 0.375 to 0.45
- Colour is light pinkish to pinkish
- Wood of Melia is not susceptible to insect attack
- Timber peels well and produces clear veneer
- Logs of 4’ up in girth (40 Cms up in dia) produce excellent faces & Panel core. Quality is defectless
- Quality of Cross Core obtained from logs of 3’ & up girth (30 Cms up dia) logs is clean almost without blemish.
- Veneer dries well & fast thereby increasing drying capacity of veneer drier at least by 25 to 40%
- Veneer Bonds well, adhesion property is excellent
- It produces good quality light weight plywood, comparable to Okume Plywood. Okume plywood is very popular in Europe & USA and sells at premium.
- Higher & old growth logs are sliced to produce Decorative veneers
- Yield from logs is high, considering Melia Dubia produces quality Veneers.
In 1 Hectare
In 1 Hectare of land we can plant 440 trees at a spacing of 15ft x 15 ft (intensive planting)
At Rs. 3,500 per tree this would amount to a total return of Rs.15,40,000 per Hectare in 10/12 years
To a farmer this amounts to a remuneration of approximately Rs.12,800 per month. Additional income can be generated from intercropping
In 1 Hectare
If we plant just along the PERIPHERY we can plant approximately 130 trees in one Hectare (10 Ft spacing)
At Rs. 3,500 per tree this would amount to a total return of Rs.4,50,000 per Hectare in 10/12 years
To a farmer this amounts to a remuneration of approximately Rs.3,800 per month in addition to the income generated from cultivation