Over View Of Melia Dubia

Mellia (Bubia) "HEBBEVU" (Melia Dubia)

Saplings of the above species were planted by NAMANA BOTANICAL GARDEN MYSORE DISTRICT, KARNATAKA premises. The growth was very promising attaining a grith of 3 ½' to 4' after 10 years.

One tree was felled and timber obtained was as follows:

SI.No. Sizes Cuft
1 18.0 x 3' .8' 15.3
4 ½' – 4 nos

The trees were grown in marginal laetrile soil with an annual rainfall of 40". No special fertilizer or irrigation was carried out. Kadbevu branches at 20' to 30' from ground. The bole is straight, round, without any knots and without any butteress the average growth of girth after 8 years will workout to more that 5" to 6" per annum. It is expected to produce 12 to 15 Cuft of timber in 10 years time. The average can be taken as 13.5 cuft.

At present one cubic foot of Kadbevu fetches about Rs. 160/- to Rs.200/- per Cuft. At this rate tree value will work out to Rs.2, 430/- The logs will fetch better price as availability increases and minimum annual increase in price may workout to 7% (as per 2009).

The present rate PLYWOOD FACTORIES purchasing the timber is as follows (as per 2009)

Length x Girth Rs.
8 ½' x 4'up 240.00
8 ½' x 3' to 4'up 210.00
6 ½' -7 ½' x 4' up 210.00
6 ½'-7 ½' x 3' to 4' up 180..00
5 ½' x 4' up 180.00
5 ½' x 4' up 180.00

The average can be taken at Rs. 180/- per cuft.

At a planting distance of 20' x 20' an acre can be planted with 109 trees. At the present value of 180 per cuft the income from once acre planted with this species should produce gross timber value of Rs.2,64,870/-

Note : This report was prepared in 1995. Figures of costs may be suitably altered to arrive at today's cost.

The planting cost per acre will be as follows (as per 2009)

Estimated man days to maturity in five years.

Account 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year
Preliminary Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
Pitting Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
Weeding 8 8 6 4 4
Watering 6 6 8 8 8
Watering 2 1 1 1 1
Misc., 1 1 1 1 1
Total 37 16 16 14 14
Total expenditure for one acre to maturity.
Rs.
97 Man days @ Rs.40/- = 3880.00
109 Plants @ Rs.2.50 = 273.00
109 Trees logging = 550.00
Total = 4703.00

Profitability

109 Trees at 13.5 Cuft. Per tree total timber 1471.50 cuft.

@ Rs. 180/- per Cuft    = Rs.264870.00
Total Expenditure         = 4703.00
      Net Profit 260168.00

Cost of land not included. Present cost of Dry land can be considered at Rs.3,00,000/- Per acre.

The timber was found to be ideal for plywood manufacture.