Here we help you to get some idea of the potential economic viability of your business.
Generally the further away you are from town, the better the economics of DME® will be. Close to town the nut prices are higher and good mature nuts are harder to get. Also labour costs are much higher nearer town. One advantage of being near a town is that you have a bigger market.
For further information see our Frequently Asked Questions and check out Site Considerations. You can also contact us.
Remember that secondary or downstream processing of your product such as bottling the oil, making soap, turning coconut meal into chicken pellets and making coconut shell into charcoal briquettes can greatly increase your profits.
How to use the calculator
The figures shown are just averages. Enter your own figures after reading the notes and click the 'Calculate' button. (The $ sign shows we are dealing with money — your local currency). Profit/Loss is based on the figures you enter. Loss is shown in RED. Then keep entering new figures until you get satisfactory results, pressing the Calculate button each time.
Write your currency symbol here eg $, Rp, L, NZ$ etc. NOTE: You can type numbers only into the boxes and the currency symbol will add automatically (Refresh F5)
Cost of one nut
The cheapest you can get your nuts for, buying from a plantation or
put in the cost of growing your own nuts
Cost to produce 1 Litre of oil
No of workers
5 people for
learning, 4 average, 3 expert
Cost to run factory for 1 hour
$/hour salary for each worker
The local farm wage rate per hour or what you would pay. If you pay by the litre produced then put zero here and add the payment to the Overhead Costs per Litre
Profit or Loss
How many Nuts to the Litre?
6 - 8 for 200mm dia
12 - 15 for 100mm dia
16 - 20 for 80mm dia
Profit or Loss per
Oil Selling price per litre?
What price can you
sell a litre of oil for? Try to sell a bit cheaper than the local cooking
Profit or Loss per 40 hour week
What price can you sell a Kg of meal for?
This is normally $0.50 to $1.00/Kg sold as cooking ingredients, animal food, chicken pellets etc
Litres per 40 hour week
Overhead costs $/Litre
Freight, electricity, fuel, loan repayments.
If you pay workers by the litre then put the cost here and put zero above in workers salary per hour.
Average $0.25 - $0.50 per
No of coconuts used per 8 hour day
Litres per hour produced on a 4.8 Meter Drier
2 - 3 Learning
4 - 5 Average - usually after 1 - 3 months experience
6 - 7 Expert - usually after 3 - 6 months experience
No of coconuts used per month (21 x 8 hour working days)
Your tree resource
How many trees per hectare?
1 hectare = 2.47 acres Normally about 100 = 10 meter spacing
Nuts per day
How many nuts per bunch? This is your monthly crop.