Money does grow out of native trees
Ephraim Cercado, a general surgeon by profession and a farmer by choice, walks slowly around a friend’s flowering yakal tree on a sunny Saturday morning while he tells of the toils of a native tree farmer.
“Tree farming for lumber can be profitable, a farmer can make millions in one harvest, but that comes after waiting 10, 25, 50 years or so depending on species, for a return on investment. And it’s so hard to find planting material, especially for native species, because no one is focused on propagating them,” he says while squinting at fallen leaves and twigs to find those winged seeds of the dipterocarp [from Greek, meaning two-winged fruit] yakal.
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