Goldtree’s operations are based on the independent farmers/buying mill business model. Also included is a nucleus model/demonstration farm around the mill, distributed model planting plots across the region and a group of enterprising local transporters. The main business components are:
Goldtree has its own model plantation, initially planted under a World Bank programme in the 1960s. The company has rehabilitated the plantation into a model that displays good care of planted palms and other essential practices. In addition, several planting plots have been established through the region interspersed with villages to serve as models. Goldtree leases these plots from local communities.
Palm oil mill
The Daru mill has the capacity to process 20 tonnes of fresh fruit bunches per hour and the potential (with a capacity upgrade) to process 30 tonnes per hour in the future. The main product from the milling operation is certified organic crude palm oil.
The mill is equipped with a palm kernel crushing plant to produce organic, certified crude palm kernel oil.
Crude palm oil and crude palm kernel oil are packaged on-site into 20-metric tonne flex tanks for export and in 200-litre drums or 20-litre containers for local requirements.
Family farm operations
Goldtree supports close to 10,000 outgrowers who own their land and care for their oil palms. The work is co-ordinated in collaboration with the Goldtree Oil Palm Growers Association, a community-based farmers’ association that represents Goldtree’s farmer-suppliers, who supply fresh fruit bunches to the company.