The “Treasure” of Original Indonesian Agarwood Wood, Can Reach IDR 1.5 M per Kg – 1NEWS

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Agarwood is an expensive plant. The price per kilogram of agarwood can reach US $ 100 thousand or equivalent to Rp 1.5 billion. Uniquely, to produce a fragrant smell, this tree must first be infected by fungi.
Its fragrant smell makes it very valuable in the market. The aromatic plant was once used as one of the main ingredients for making cosmetics, perfumes, and medicines.

Agarwood (Aquilaria malaccensis) is a tree native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia. These plants can be found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

Agarwood has long been a trading commodity of the kingdoms in Indonesia. The kingdom of Srivijaya, which existed between the VII to XI centuries AD in South Sumatra, became an exporter of this wood to Arabia.

“To the Arab country, Sriwijaya exported agarwood, camphor, sandalwood, ivory, tin, ebony, sapan wood, spices,” wrote Nia Kurnia Sholihat Irfan in Sriwijaya Kingdom: Center for Government and Development (1983:63).

After Srivijaya disbanded, other kingdoms that existed in Sumatra and other areas also traded agarwood.