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Sisal Plants for Fiber & Food stock.

(AGAVE PLANTS)

AGAVE PLANTS

Our Vision for decades has been, that Australian Aboriginal communities could use well drained Arid & Tropical land in northern Australia to grow and manufacture Agave crops!

Sisal fibre has a greatest potential to replace most of the Petrochemical reliant plastic products that currently pollute our planet, starting with common simple things like cloths, bags, rope etc.

Sisal fibre value is between $500~$1'200 ton, depending on classification.

Length/Class Description;
3L At least 915 mm, without knots and cream to a light straw colour.
3 At least 610 mm.
UG  Darker colour fibre.
PM Shorter than 610 mm with knots and darker colours.

A Sisal farm and associated value added business, have the potential to sustain thousands of people in outback Towns!  That does not take into account the leaf waste or pulp, left as a by-product, this waste has been used profitably for cattle feed , on average 10~27kg of fresh sisal waste have been fed daily to dairy cows!

Our Vision also entails seeing Sisal (Agave) fibres grown, and processed in Australian Mills, But also woven into natural carpets and fabrics, to be on-sold & exported around the world!

If there are philanthropists out there with a similar visions, please contact us, as we would love to be involved in getting this industry setup in Australia, let's start the process together as we already have the market for national sales & distribution, or JUST DO IT!

These Plants could replace Rural Cotton Belt and as this plant is not unlike a CACTUS, would adapt well taking into account the amount of growth required 'Obviously' growth is increased by Irrigation & Nutrition.

Research shows the raw Sisal fiber produces a yield upwards of $700.oo per tone, with a plant life of about 8 years and harvesting every 6 months, in certain conditions!

See this informative video.

As "Fodder" for the farmer: (Agave Sisalana, Sisal Hemp, Henequen, Agave Sisalana)

Agave plant is a Stemless perennial with thick succulent leaves 1~1.5 mt long having smooth edges and a sharp dark brown terminal spine, the plant produces a central spike up to 6 mt high after seven or eight years, historically (mentioned above) the leaves are threshed for the durable white fibers used in the manufacture of rope and twine.

The leaf waste or pulp, left as a by-product accumulates in large amounts at Processing sites.  Sisal leaf waste has been used profitably for cattle and rabbit feed. Up to 27 kg of fresh sisal waste have been fed daily to dairy cows, but the average intake of sisal waste when used as a supplement for grazing cattle is about 10 kg per day, undesirable side effects have not been observed even after heavy feeding of sisal waste for long periods, the succulence of fresh sisal waste makes it a useful feed during dry periods.  Once accustomed to it, cattle find sisal waste quite palatable.

Sisal waste ferments rapidly and should be used within forty eight hours or be either sun dried or ensiled (put into a silo or silage clamp in order to preserve it as silage).

It takes about one month for "untrained" cattle to reach the maximum intake of fresh waste, whereas a cow which has received sisal waste the previous season attains the same level in a week. Cattle accustomed to sisal waste attack it avidly, the main limitation of utilising sisal waste for feed is its high moisture content. Besides, it is perishable and low in nutritive value, mostly because of its lack of digestible protein and phosphorus.

These are only a few of possibly thousands of uses that we have sourced, so if you have any information that you think we could use please forward them to us, so that our visitors can appreciate them.

The HISTORY of Sisal: It is told Sisal is a plant original from Yucatan, Mexico. It is also called sosquil and green gold.

Centuries before the arrival of the Spaniards, the mayans used the fiber of the yucatecan sisal in their activities, without sisal, it had not been possible to construct the temples and buildings that are characteristically of this culture, a pre-Columbian civilisation.

The Spanish conquerors gave little importance to the sisal, however the Indians continued with its crop and rudimentary industrialisation, called ci' and its Tzoztzqui fibers (agave hair) that the Spaniards turned into sosquil. Fray Diego de Landa said: " the natives of Yucatan have a country weed that their raise in their houses and produce cañamo with which they make infinite things for their service ".

In the advanced colonial period, the culture and commerce of sisal was done as an additional work in the haciendas with the purpose of obtaining the necessary fiber for its own consumption of ropes and bags. The sisal boardings began in 1780. The main items were hammocks, bags and camp beds.

In 1875 the patent of the first efficient defibering machine was granted to Jose Esteban Solís, some time later, the steam machine united to the defibering machines.

In 1878 Cyrus McCormick invented the wheat sheave machine, which used sisal thread denominated "Binder Twine", this stimulated the crop and as a consequence the use of mechanical elements in the sisal production was impelled.

In the World War-I the demand of products processed with sisal increased in a considerable amount, with an accelerated demand since the World War II, giving origin to the creation of numerous factories around the world.

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