• Cultivated Agarwood Inducing Method Mar 26, 2013

    Farmed Agarwood may seem the right thing to do these days, especially with the marketed commotion on the shortage of Agarwood trees coming from the wild which is struggling to meet worldwide demand. But is the practice of inducing artificial chemicals and other foreign objects into the tree to promote resin growth considered an ethical practice from the tree's perspective? This is the question commonly raised when we have discussions with green fingers about farmed agarwood.

    Ever since the Aquilaria species of flora and its family were annexed to the CITES convention, there has been a flurry of agarwood plantations being opened and marketed by people of all over, including people who barely know what is Oud.
    The catchline for their marketing is contagious - that Oud is the next hot investment property, pound for pound more expensive than Gold. 
    While it is indeed an expensive commodity, Oud, just like diamond, has varying degrees of worthiness, and experts know that farmed agarwood does not fair too high up in that worthiness list, albeit with some exceptions.
    The method that farmers employ to induce the farmed agarwood tree are varying. From drilling chemical liquid inducer injections to bamboo sticks, they are intended to penetrate deeply into the heart of the tree in order to cause hurt and stress to it. Ironically today, some Oud sellers are ardently boasting of their chemical and synthetic free organic Ouds but their source of agarwood are these very same farms who use chemicals to produce the resinous heartwood.
    While cultivated versions of other plants, like oranges and apples, for example, do not require the endurance of painstaking impaling methods to bear fruit, the unique agarwood prized 'fruit' - the resinous Oud - is the result of it being subjected to a stressful condition and environment. In the wild, the natural resin formation causes of bacterial and fungal infection, soil erosion and hilly growth areas are a stark contrast to what these modern farmers are doing. 

    A highly matured farmed tree bearing the brunt of chemical laden bamboo sticks in an artificial inoculation. Ouch.
    The picture on your right of an agarwood tree of probably around 25 years old could probably cause an agonising effect on the avid and hardcore evergreen advocates. Trees are indeed a living thing and a green thumb would probably testify to the fact that these trees would undoubtedly experience hurt in the inoculation process of modern day agarwood farming.
    If you have had the opportunity to buy a 'bargain' agarwood chip or oil on eBay, we invite you to sample Sultanul Oud premium and wild agarwood oil and chips. Experience the stark differences in quality between farmed and wild Oud for yourself.
    Devoid of love and being pierced and stabbed on a regular basis, it is no wonder then that cultivated agarwood chips are still miles apart from those of the wild in terms of quality. More to come on this.

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