|Contract Period : 15 years|
|Location : Tanjung Lesung Agropolis|
|Expected Return : 15% per year|
|Harvest Period : Every year after 4th year or 5th year|
|378 tree plantation have been sponsored by 135 people|
|276 tree left|
Avocado (or Persea Americana) is a plant that comes from Latin America but grows very well in tropical climates such as in Indonesia. Avocados grow well in lowland and highland, and also with minimal or high rainfall.
Nutritional value is very high, especially in the content of healthy fats; unsaturated fats, in addition to rich, nutritious forms of vitamins and minerals, make the avocado widely recommended among experts as a healthy food source.
This advantage makes the avocado very exciting to be cultivated for food self-sufficiency targets, especially in meeting the nutritional needs of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats.
Even more interesting is the broad market, either directly to the retail consumer market and industrial markets. The retail market serves to fill the need for highly nutritious fruit, consumed in fresh conditions.
The individual market for raw material of avocado oil is of high value, equal to or even higher than olive oil. Avocado oil can be produced from the pulp, which is used primarily as cooking oil, edible oil, and salad oil.
Avocado oil has the best potential to improve public health, namely through the gradual replacement of the oil used by the general public – of oily saturated fat to unsaturated fatty oils, from the high ratio of Omega-6/Omega-3 to a lower ratio.
Avocado oil can also be produced from the seeds of avocado; the character does not much differ from oil derived from the avocado flesh – only a slightly bitter taste. Although they can also be eaten, oils from avocado seed are geared more for raw materials in the cosmetic and health industries.
With so many advantages, the project of iGrow – My Own Food want to make this avocado as a versatile national champion fruit, becoming the basis of improving public health while building economic strength.
Economically, the cultivation of avocado can be a long-term investment, as it bears fruit in years 4 or 5, and continues until its peak in the year to 10-15. Estimated return on the avocado is in the range of 15%, not too high but still much higher than average deposits.
More interestingly, the avocado plant is a concrete example of the impact of investing: people are investing not just expecting material results, but also for direct improvements in public health, the economy and the environment.