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Updates On Thailand’s Growing Aquaponics Investment

29 Mar
Inside an aquaponics greenhouse showing rows of produce being grown

Updates On Thailand’s Growing Aquaponics Investment

Great News From Thailand… And How You Can Profit From It

I heard this week from the developer of the aquaponics project in Thailand that we’ve been reporting on for the past 18 months. He wrote to share the good news that he has made the first crop payments to early Live and Invest Overseas buyers this week.

The even better news for the owners receiving payments this week is that the revenues are slightly ahead of original projections… about 5% higher.

And even more exciting big picture is the aquaculture R&D the farm management company is doing. The current fish crop is tilapia. They’ve been considering other fish options.

Right now they’re testing crayfish, and the results have been positive. The crayfish require less food and generate higher revenues. Assuming the results continue and can be replicated, that means higher future returns for owners.

The hydroponics crops to date have been a variety of lettuces, and every harvest so far has been pre-sold. The demand for lettuce from restaurants and hotels in Chiang Mai has exceeded the farm manager’s expectation. He hasn’t even been able to try to start on the direct-to-market (i.e. retail) channels yet.

Even after the greenhouses under construction right now are finished and producing, harvests won’t be keeping up with the buying demand already lined up.

The aquaponics concept is straightforward. You grow fish (or crayfish… or shrimp) in a large tank and circulate the water from the tank to the hydroponic tables where the lettuce (or other leafy greens) are simultaneously being grown.

Of course, to get from concept to reality you need a fair amount of knowledge and experience… which is why the farm management company is working with some of the most experienced aquaculture experts in Thailand as well as the local university agriculture department.

Water temperature, nutrient balances for both the fish and the lettuce, and greenhouse temperature are just three of the factors that need constant monitoring. These systems aren’t the backyard setups you can buy in your local gourmet kitchen shop. Serious science is at work.

What You Get For Your Money

Each greenhouse holds 20 systems, and each system has 1,080 grow holes for lettuce. That’s a lot of lettuce from each greenhouse, but, again, it’s not enough to meet current demand… especially in the hot months of the dry season when regular farmers can’t grow lettuce because it’s simply too hot and too dry.

For the system owner the opportunity is, likewise, straightforward. You buy the system… the developer installs the system in one of his greenhouses… then the farm management company manages the crops, the harvests, and the sale of the produce.

Basically, you’re renting your system to the farm management company for a share of the production.

As an owner, you get risk diversification in the forms both of currency (the production is sold in Thai baht) and of economy (unless you’re earning your living in Thailand at the moment)… and you get a semi-annual payout that coincides with the fish harvests, which are twice a year.

Lettuce is harvested every three weeks… or about 18 times a year. That means you can change lettuce types to meet specific demands from restaurant and hotel buyers throughout the year.

A single system costs US$31,000.

The projected yield during the first year of operation is right at 10%… with yields increasing as the farm manager makes adjustments to the production (for example, switching to higher-value crops such as crayfish). The IRR over the 20 years projected is 15%.

If you are looking for quick-starting cash flow to help supplement your offshore lifestyle or retirement, turnkey agriculture profits like these are one of the best possible options. It amounts to a natural inflation hedge… and everyone needs to eat.

And there are more everyones every day.

In Thailand, specifically, as the middle class that demands higher quality and healthier foods grows and the number of travelers to the country demanding quality produce increases, the demand for quality lettuce will continue to expand.

This is your chance to position yourself to profit and enjoy cash flow from those market fundamentals.

For more information, get in touch here.

Lief Simon