HISTORY AND ORIGINS

The timber of the Khaya Senegalensisthis species was the first known of the African Mahoganies and was exported from Gambia to Europe in the early part of the 19th Century.

Work by forestry researchers in the Northern Territory and Queensland from the mid 1990s onwards identified African Mahogany as a suitable species for plantation purposes to grow in areas of Northern Australia with short to medium growth period (15-20 years rotation) with the ability to coppice and regrow.

African Mahogany is a hardwood timber and has unique characteristics such as ease of sawing and drying. It is easy to peel or slice for veneer and has low shrinkage and is highly stable as well as achieving excellent bond strength with many adhesives. It is easy to machine and turn for furniture application and has unique colour and texture.

Having identified a shortage of hard wood plantation timber in Australia, the end uses for African Mahogany timber includes:

* Building Construction
* Furniture
* Musical Instruments
* Bio-Fuel
* Agricultural Fertilizer
* Medicinal Use

Primary producers from Bowen to Cooktown, Queensland, have planted approximately 500 ha in small plots between 2000 and 2010. With another 10,000 ha of trees planted in the Northern Territory from 2015 onwards.

With trees approaching harvest stage Mahogany Processors Co-operative Ltd have identified markets and commercial partners for their timber and with the further assistance of funding from the Farming Together Program are selling their timber to the world.