Finding the right investment that can grow and show a great return is not always easy and many investors have had many a sleepless night deciding on where to invest there future. Manuka honey has become one of the world’s most remarkable investment opportunities and is likely to remain so for the next 20 years. Current demand for Manuka Medicinal Honey outstrips supply 100 to 1 and the retail shelf prices just keeps going up and up as more and more people discover the many benefits of Manuka honey. Australia and New Zealand are unique in being the only two places where the “Leptospermum spp” grow naturally to produce this unique Medical honey. The “Leptospermum spp” of plants are a hardy shrub that is both drought and reasonably salt tolerant and can be grown on almost any soil type without the edition of fertilisers or sprays of any type. A little mulch and water in summer for the first one or two years to help achieve establishment is all that’s required.
As a researcher Beekeeper with qualifications in Horticulture and Forest management I have been able to uncover ways to increase Manuka plantation yields well beyond the current methods being used today. Studies to determine the best cultivars are still ongoing and people from around the world are looking for their own unique species of plants that can produce medicinal honey for a whole variety of uses. “Leptospermum spp” and other plant species available need time to grow, so the return on your investment normally begins in either the 3rd or 4th year after planting and as the plants grow and produce more flowers this will continue to increase by 6 to 10 fold over the subsequent years doubling every year for the next 6 to 10 years. With the use of several newly discovered ground cover understory plants that also produce a Medicinal honey it may be possible to start harvesting within the first 12 months but this species requires at least some irrigation and is less drought tolerant compared to “Leptospermum spp” so choosing the right location becomes more important. There is also the option for a number of large tree spp to be used within and around the plantation that produce large quantities of Manuka honey but require 5 to 10 years before they start flowering and have the potential to increase production even further once they start to flower on a year by year basic for a further 10 years.
Other product’s such as Manuka oil which is similar to “Tea Tree oil” and Manuka pollen are also becoming popular with the public and opens up even further the potential returns available from Manuka plantations once they are established.
Currently I am looking for investors who would like to establish and manage Manuka plantations in Victoria.