Welcome to the ASN
The Australian Sandalwood Network is an active growers group dedicated towards developing the Australian Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) plantation industry in southern WA. Our main focus is to support private sandalwood growers and drive the plantation industry forward.
Formed in 2003, initially under the name of the Avon Sandalwood Network, the ASN is now an incorporated association. Over the past 9 years the ASN has grown and now has over 60 members, the majority being private growers from the agricultural regions of Western Australia and South Australia.
The ASN holds regular field days and workshops, distributes grower and industry updates via our regular newsletters and facilitates networking between growers, industry and research.
Australian Sandalwood is the most planted commercial tree crop in the WA wheatbelt, and over 15,000 hectares of plantations will have been established by the end of 2012. Plantation growth is being driven by private landowners, broadacre farmers, managed investment schemes and government programs.
Australian Sandalwood is a unique native tree crop, grown for its high value aromatic heartwood over a 20-25 year rotation, with potential to generate income from the oil rich nuts from age 5 as new products are developed. Well adapted to wheatbelt conditions, sandalwood plantations can aid in managing agricultural risk through diversification and contribute towards reducing salinity and erosion in wheatbelt farming systems.
“Sandalwood, The Golden Harvest”
This DVD describes the history, how sandalwood can be used to address land degradation issues and the markets for the product. Farmers talk about how they have used sandalwood to add diversity to their farms in areas which are not productive for annual crops.
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