Belize is located in Central America and it is bordered to the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. 

 
 

A Central American country, Belize is bordered by Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the East. Its variety of cultures and languages serves to make Belize quite the diverse nation. It has around 35 people per square mile, meaning it has Central America’s lowest population density.  

Additionally, Belize is famed for its unique ecosystems and amazing biodiversity. The coast has a swampy plain along with mangrove swamps.

The interior and south play host to low mountains as well as hills. The lands is mostly undeveloped and populated with hardwoods.

 
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Belize’s many wildlife reserves, jungles, variety of flora and fauna, as well as its being the site of Central America’s largest cave system – all make it a part of the biodiversity hotspot in Mesoamerica. Its diverse species include the mahogany tree, the black orchid, tapirs and toucans.

Belize—A Land of Agricultural Investment Opportunities!

Are you looking for agricultural land to invest in? The teak industry is thriving in Belize, and with economic and political stability as well as ideal climate, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss out on.

With hardwoods, you get a solid return on investments as well as a convenient buffer against currency devaluation and inflation. With hardwoods, you get one of the steadiest and safest growth investments.

With a lot of the traditional sources of teak—such as Myanmar, Southeast Asia, and Laos—implementing bans on teak export, Latin America and Belize are in place to serve as a reliable alternative to fulfill the teak demand.

If you’re interested in agricultural investment opportunities in Belize, then we at TKO Farms, Inc. can help you. An investment in TKO Farms can be quite the rewarding experience, in more ways than one!

The Mayans were the first to establish settlements in and develop Belize back in 1500 B.C.E, as shown in archaeological records.

1502 was the year the Europeans established contact with Belize, when Columbus reached the coast. England was the first to establish an European settlement here in 1638, with more settlements popping up as the years went by.

Belize was termed a Colony of the British Honduras in 1840, and then a crown colony in 1862. A hundred years later, it would become one of England’s representative governments. However, a ministerial system with full self-government was accorded it in January of 1964. Its name changed to Belize in 1973, and finally, on September 21 of 1981, it managed to achieve full independence for itself.

 

Whether you’re in Belize with your family on a trip, as an adventurer, or on a beach vacation, you’re going to feel welcomed warmly by the people and culture. Belize’s various customs and traditions are representative of more than eight cultures.

Belize truly is a fusion of colorful personalities, making our 321,115 residents the greatest attraction for tourism. The Belizeans come from a variety of cultures, such as the Maya, Creole, Mestizo, Garifuna, Mennonite, East Indian, Chinese and Arab.
 

 

Expatriates from the US, Canada and Europe round them out, many of whom retire here. There’s no better example of cultures blending in seamlessly together.

The official language in Belize is English, but the one with the most currency is Kriol, the Belizean version of Creole. There are other languages spoken here as well, Mandarin, Garifuna, Maya and Spanish.

 

The weather is one of the best things about Belize. It’s always warm and comfortable here, with its average abbual temperature of 84° F (29°C). Even the hottest of summer months pass by peaceably thanks to the coastal sea breezes in conjunction with the rainforests and jungles here. Winters can be cool but never very cold. In short, the climate is pretty much near perfect. It’s rare for the temperature to fall below 60°F (16°C) even in winters (November through March). The humidity also remains around a consistent 85%.

The dry season in Belize in February through May, which is when rainfall is particularly low compared to the rest of the year. Rains in the dry season, if they occur at all, happen in short and mild bursts.

During the wet season, however, which is from June to December, some regions will get over 150 inches of rain. This is also when the late afternoons might witness wild and heavy rain storms courtesy of the Caribbean. June and early July will see the most frequent rains, followed by a little break called the “little dry” in late July or August.

 

Belize Economic Stability

 

The Belize economy is primarily agro-based. Belize trade is dominated by agricultural products, with products such as sugar and bananas having been the highlight of trade for a long time.
 
However, as a result of new policies, the economy has shifted its focus towards tourism as a potent sector to advance national growth. Tourism now contributes more foreign exchange than the traditional trades in Belize, although it remains vulnerable to shifts in global economics.

Belize Trade, Exports and Imports

Belize trade has recovered from the global recession. While in 2008, Belize exports were recorded at $464.7 million, the export volume dropped to $395 million in 2009.
 
The following commodities are Belize’s main exported goods:

·         Sugar

·         Bananas

·         Citrus

·         Clothing

·         Fish products

·         Molasses

·         Wood

·         Crude oil

The major export partners are:

•    US
•    UK
•    Italy
•    Nigeria
 
This is how the aforementioned countries contribute to the total export volume (in percentage):

 

The Teak Wood Industry

 

The natural teak forests in traditional Southeast Asian teak players have been damaged by extensive logging. This has caused the countries like India, Laos, Thailand, and especially Myanmar to impose regulations and bans on the logging and export of teak logs that have not been processed. Because of this, supplies from these traditional sources of teak have decreased, leading to some dramatic shifts in the teak industry.


Even as the supply was decreasing, the demand grew unabated. This forced the industry to turn to Latin American countries and Belize for supply. That’s why it’s such a great time to make investments in the teak industry. Latin America and Belize’s teak plantations are now expected to fill the gap between supply and demand

Teak Plantations in Latin America and Africa

Even as the supply was decreasing, the demand grew unabated. This forced the industry to turn away from Myanmar and other countries in Southeast Asia, in favor of Latin American and African countries. That’s why it’s such a great time to make investments in the teak industry. Latin America and Belize’s teak plantations are now expected to fill the gap between supply and demand

Africa saw the first major boom of teak plantations, in such countries as the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Togo and Nigeria. Latin America came along a bit later, but several countries there have well developed teak plantations, such as Panama, Nicaragua and Ecuador. Production in these countries is not nearly what the production potentials of their south east Asian counterparts was. However, it’s still noteworthy and continues to grow.

The economy is Belize is based in agriculture, with products like bananas and sugar dominating trade. New policies, however, have caused a shift towards the tourism sector, which now contributes more to the foreign exchange despite being a vulnerable sector.

Trade in Belize

The global recession in 2008 caused Belize’s trade to suffer. Its exports were $467.7 million, but the export volume fell in 2009 to $395 million.
The best explanation could be the drop in demand around the world as well as lesser productivity due to unavailability of credit.
These are Belize’s primary exports:

  • Sugar
  • Cote dIvoire
  • Bananas
  • Citrus
  • Clothing
  • Fish products
  • Molasses
  • Wood
  • Crude oil

 The major export partners are:

  • US
  • Nigeria
  • Italy
  • UK
 
 

What Does All This Mean for Teak Investors?

I was interested in this story after watching the administration battle with Canada over trade regarding lumber, and dairy and other commodities. According to multiple sources I was interested in this story after watching the administration battle with Canada over trade regarding lumber, and dairy and other commodities. According to multiple sources, there’s a revolution overtaking the teak industry. Countries that have in the past been major suppliers of teak are in the process of regulating and placing bans on teak logging and exports. This will obviously affect supply which is why it tweaked my interest.

At the same time, Latin American countries are seeing a rise in their own teak production, with several plantations here in the process of filling the void created by the decrease in supply.

TKO Farms, Inc.

TKO Farms, Inc. has contracted to acquire a 512-acre farm with a proposed additional 400 acres in Belize. 

A 512 acre farm in Belize has been contracted to be acquired by TKO Farms, Inc, with a further 400 acres proposed. 312 acres of the total 512 consist of hardwood trees. Here’s the breakdown of the 120,000 hardwood trees:

  • 76,532 teak
  • 16,500 mahogany
  • 5,460 Spanish cedar
  • 1,700 sapodilla
  • 9,500 coconut
  • 2,196 soursap
  • 8,500 orange
  • 550 lime 
  • 763 zircote

These hardwood trees resemble an annuity, since they grow more valuable and larger as the years go by. The remaining 200 acres are being used to plant cash crops, which will be the source of all current farm income. Once planting is complete, there should be 93,250 trees in total, with a breakdown of

  • 65,550 teak
  • 18,750 coconut
  • 9,000soursap

Once the heart wood of the teak has grown enough to occupy the whole diameter of the tree, it reaches its harvesting value. This usually occurs somewhere between 20 to 25 years after the planting. Other hardwoods like mahogany can take an extra 5 to 10 years, which is why teak is what has the real value.

Below is a cool video from the company

Cash Crops

Cash crops in excess of 50,000 are either growing or slated to be planted. These include soursap, coconut and citrus.

The soursap fruit is known for its medicinal value. It contains certain natural compounds with medicinal benefits, which make it beneficial for the treatment of various ailments. Recently, it has gained popularity due to the fact that it can kill cancer cells up to 10000 times more effectively than chemotherapy drugs, without side effects.

Soursap fruit regularly sells in the U.S. for $10.00 per pound and up.

Coconut products are highly demanded in the US, especially coconut water. The interest in coconut products is due to many consumers seeking healthy alternatives and functional food products. Coconut has been identified as a “functional food”.

Coconut is also becoming known for its healing benefits, aside from its nutritional content being high. People have realized that coconut has benefits for health, for well being, for having good flavor and taste, and being a very versatile product.

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Farm Headquarters

The Plantation

Aerial Map

Over The Plantation

The River

Young Trees

Industry Numbers

 

The Vacation Cottages

TKO Farms, Inc. has contracted to build a vacation retreat for the pleasure and use of our investors. Initially, the compound will consist of four quality vacation cottages.  This will give investors the opportunity to enjoy not only the lovely climate and charming hospitality of Belize, but also to view the project first-hand and see the wonderful investment opportunity presenting itself.

 

 

Summary

 

A politically and economically stable nation, Belize recently celebrated its 36th independence day by opening up avenues of tourism and trade to the world at large. Whether one is visiting the country on business or for pleasure, one is sure to feel welcomed by Belize’s warm and inviting atmosphere.

 

The natural teak forests in traditional Southeast Asian teak players have been damaged by extensive logging. This has caused the countries like India, Laos, Thailand, and especially Myanmar to impose regulations and bans on the logging and export of teak logs that have not been processed. Because of this, supplies from these traditional sources of teak have decreased, leading to some dramatic shifts in the teak industry.

 

Even as the supply was decreasing, the demand grew unabated. This forced the industry to turn to Latin American countries and Belize for supply. That’s why it’s such a great time to make investments in the teak industry. Latin America and Belize’s teak plantations are now expected to fill the gap between supply and demand. As of now, there are already more than 220,000 trees either already growing or slated to be planted on the two TKO Farms. Of these, 142,082 are teak.

There’s an excellent case for long and short term investing here, as cash crops will also be providing sustainable revenues immediately.

 

Hardwoods are one of the safest and steadiest growth investments available, protecting an investor in times of inflation and providing returns. In fact, hardwoods have outperformed all major stock indexes over the past 40 years.  They offer a solid return on investment and a hedge against inflation and currency devaluation.

 

Teak is one of the best values with the highest yields in the timber sector. It is a small niche segment which is managed by smaller, privately owned companies versus the big institutional operators.

 

Minimum amortized annual returns of 25-30% and a total return of at least 600% are quite attainable using existing market prices and conditions. A $50,000 investment, whilst simultaneously generating the returns specified, will also increase in value exponentially as the farms are generating revenues. The investment remains a significant and appreciating asset through and beyond the 25 year term.

 

Just like the beautiful climate of Belize, an investment in TKO Farms, Inc. is an opportunity for a rewarding and pleasant experience.

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