I currently have invested in El Salvador in softwoods, but want to diversify into bamboo plantations, so what's the best place/country to invest, grow and process Guadua bamboo; Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua or Costa Rica?
I have been approached by an agent who aggressively wants to sell me 1.23 acres of bamboo plantation with free title to the land in a company named EcobambooLot in Nicaragua. They are projecting positive cash flow in the 3rd year after ownership and successively growing then on. The upfront cost including the maintenance fee is $11,000. Starting in the 3rd year the maintenance fee is 16% of the revenue from sale of crop.
What is the minimium area to at least have a profit for bamboo, especially if you only grow for poles? When can you expect income for pole production, in a small scale level? Yes, there is money in bamboo, but it is the flooring and other stuff already, which for sure small farmers can't afford to set up such facilities. So, again what is the minimum area? Thanks. This site is very helpful.
What is the market price for bamboo, and for how much (USD) raw bamboo can be sold for. Can you direct me to where I might find the current market prices for raw bamboo and how this process occurs. I'd like to project potential profits before I decide to invest in a bamboo farm.
This "investment opportunity" is sold quite heavily over the phone and the internet. I wanted to know if you have any comments on this model (everything looks not so good but the forecast returns, however in my experience that is usually where "something happens" and in the end you actually never see them).