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Neem is native to India, where it has been regarded for centuries as nature’s best chemist’s shop, with the potential for all the uses mentioned above and many others, as well. Today, neem is an increasingly sought-after alternative in the Western world for many chemical-based products...especially fertilizers. That demand is creating a market for both neem oil, which comes from the berries, and neem leaves.

Opting for organic alternatives is a natural path (no pun intended) for farmers. The use of chemical pesticides and chemical fertilizers is poisoning land and water supplies worldwide, creating higher costs down the line, not only for farmers, but also for governments and consumers. Farmers are looking for friendlier options. Among them, neem is one of the best.

Helping the planet is all well and good, but investors also need a decent return. The neem plantations that have been put together in Brazil by two colleagues Anthony Archer and Andrew Goodman offer the best of both worlds. Their neem plantations are projected to offer an annualized return of up to 20% over a 20-year period. While neem trees can live for well over 150 years, using a 20-year timeline for returns helps keep projections conservative. However, your heirs could easily continue receiving revenue from this investment for generations.

The neem trees in this case are being farmed as part of a larger plantation that includes coconut trees (which I’ve written about before and still recommend). The decision to incorporate neem into the original coconut plantation was organic (again, sorry for the pun). Anthony and Andrew needed fertilizer and insect repellant to use on their coconut trees. They discovered in their research not only that neem would be the best option for producing their own natural fertilizer and insect repellant, but also that this unsung tree has tremendous and varied value and that the global demand for its organic products is growing fast. 

Anthony and Andrew planted the neem they’d need for their own purposes and, in addition, set aside additional land in the plantation for additional harvests. They have worked with a local factory to assure a market for the berries the trees will produce. The care and harvest of the trees will be managed by the team already in place to manage and harvest the coconut trees; they’re able to leverage the existing plantation infrastructure and to offer a turn-key opportunity for the investor.

In addition to supporting a growing “green” demand among the world’s farmers, this neem plantation investment in Brazil also offers currency and country diversification. Brazil offers great opportunity, but the country can be a challenge for the small investor. As I said, this is a turn-key opportunity; the pitfalls and practical and administrative challenges have been worked out, making this a very appealing option for the small individual investor. 

Brazil imposes currency controls, which shouldn’t be a problem if you complete all the required paperwork correctly. Anthony and Andrew’s team take care of that for you. Making this investment, you’ll have a tax obligation in Brazil. Again, Anthony and Andrew’s team help you with that. Portuguese is the language in this part of the world, but you don’t have to learn a single word if you don’t want to, as the team behind this is fluent.

All you have to do as an investor (aside from doing your own due diligence before investing) is to tell Anthony and Andrew where you want the revenue from harvests from your trees to be sent.

The minimum investment is US$60,000. This buys you a 2-hectare plot with 200 trees planted per hectare. The first harvest is projected to be in the third year after planting, with full production starting in year eight when the trees are fully mature. The only ongoing cost (which comes out of the gross revenues from each harvest) is annual crop care. However, the first five years of crop care are included in the initial investment amount.

As the year is coming to an end, Anthony and Andrew have put together a special discount for neem investors. They are offering a 10% discount to anyone who reserves a neem plot by Dec. 16. You’ll then have 30 days to complete your due diligence and fund your investment.

This is an agricultural play where you get title to your 2 hectares (or however many hectares you decide to invest in). That fact, coupled with the long-term revenue stream these trees, which can live for generations, can provide, makes this a compelling legacy investment opportunity.

Contact Anthony and Andrew’s team here for more details.

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