Tectona grandis, also known as Teak, is a tropical hardwood tree species. Teak is a large tree that occurs in mixed hardwood forests. It has small, fragrant white flowers and large papery leaves that are often hairy on the lower surface. For the past 20 years, the owner of the Banana Bank Lodge and farm John Carr has been growing this hardwood. Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz got the hard facts about this hardwood from Carr.
Fem Cruz: “We are here at Banna Bank with the Manager Mr. John Carr and we are here at the Teak Farm. Tell us a little bit about this historic day today of this harvesting of Teak.”
Mr. John Carr: “Well there is a lot of optimism in this Teak harvest. The trees we have now are 20 years old and I have been here 41 years so these trees have been growing half the time I have been in Belize and now they are reaching up from 14 to 20 inches in diameter some of them and it is looks like it is going to be very profitable. We have to figure out what to do with it to maximise the marketing and so we don’t want to sell trees for lumber we want to sell products of some sort.”
Fem Cruz: “Mr. John this tree that you are standing beside tell us the value of this tree?”
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber: Well I think this tree right beside us is worth at least $10 Bz or more a foot so in one cubic foot you would have $120. If the tree is 20 ft tall that would be 120 x 4 which would be $2400 Bz in this tree. Yes Teak is a special wood because when we plant and harvest Teak we are not messing with the local products, we are talking about Cedar, Mahogany or Sapodilla or Rosewood or anything else. This is trees that we planted here. These trees came from the old world to the new world. We are not destroying or messing around with anything local from an environmental concern these trees are from a foreign country and they are planted here and they seem to like it here very much.”
This is brother Fem Cruz Cayo Correspondent reporting for Love FM.