The Pili Nut Investment
- The hottest agricultural investment trend now is organic farming. There is one organic export product in particular which is gathering increased attention in the Philippines – the pili nut. The Philippines is the ONLY country which grows and processes this nut.
- There are six regions in the Philippines where the pili is currently being produced. Yet, until today, THERE IS ONLY ONE FARM in all of the Philippines which is a fully integrated and self sustainable farm commercially developing pil nuts for export. It is located on Tablas Island and is known as “The Pili Nut Farm” (www.philagrivest.com).
- The current status of the pili is equivalent to that of the macadamia some 30 years ago. It has huge potential to develop into a major industry. They are in demand not only in Hong Kong and Taiwan but also in Singapore, Korea, USA, Europe and the Middle East.
- Once you understand the great returns available in a pili nut farm, which exceeds 40% for a mature farm operation, it then comes down to whether you start your own farm or buy stock in an already existing farm.
- Since a foreigner CANNOT buy land in the Philippines, and a Filipino can only buy a maximum of 5 hectares of farm land, it is the recommendation of this website that the BEST option for a foreigner wishing to invest in a pili nut farm – is to buy stock in Philagrivest, Inc. (for details as to the returns on investment – see THE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES, STRATEGIES AND BENEFITS
After harvesting, the next step is kernel extraction from the shell, which is pretty much a manual operation at present. A de-shelling machine has been developed but the efficiency is not viable (many of the kernels are broken in the process).
Tablas Island’s “The Pili Nut Farm” owned by Philagrivest, Inc. (www.philagrivest.com) is the newest addition to the pili nut industry in the Philippines and is it the first fully integrated, self sustainable commercial pili nut plantation in the Philippines (and in the world). The Pili Nut Farm (is a registered trade name and trademark with the Philippines Intellectual Property Office, and is not to be confused with small farmers who improperly may be using this as their website domain name) – is a fully established farm comprised of 65 hectares and is the largest commercial pili nut plantation in the Philippines. Additionally on Tablas Island there are a few LAND BUYERS who have planted pili nut trees but their operations are more of a “real estate play” than a solid, long term pili nut commercial business, lacking the economy of scale of “The Pili Nut Farm” and are driven by land sale promoters. The Pili Nut Farm is the largest individual pili nut farm in the world (not to be confused with claims by land brokers who have sold land to individual small farmers – whose collective small farms and planted pili trees comprise gross land areas and tree counts in excess of the Pili Nut Farm). The Pili Nut Farm was established in 2010, and it anticipates its initial harvest in 2015. Further, Philagrivest is in the process of developing the first Pili Nut Agri Toursim Farm in the Philippines – and in the world!
The government sector is comprised of:
- Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
- Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI)
- Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI)
- Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resources Research & Development (PCARDD)
- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
- Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR)
- Bureau of Agriculture Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS)