Macadamia nuts are a valuable fruit with high demand. The global demand of macadamia nuts currently exceeds supply. Macadamia nuts are widely used in the confectionery, baking, ice cream and snack food industries. This is a long term business as the macadamia trees will only start bearing fruits after 4-7 years. However once the trees start bearing the macadamia nuts, they can continue producing them for more than 40 years, and you will continue reaping profits year after year. This article outlines how to start a macadamia nuts farming business and the macadamia nuts farming business plan – PDF, Word and Excel.

Macadamia nuts farming is a lucrative business, providing income for many people, but there are some essential things you need to do before you venture into the macadamia nuts farming business. You have to make a decision on how many hectares you want to farm, which type of macadamia trees you will grow,  and your target market. These choices will be affected by the amount of capital you have, and the size of your target  market.  If you do not have a lot of capital, you can always start small and grow your macadamia nuts orchard over time. You also need to carry out market research (Who are you going to sell the macadamia nuts to? At what price?) and write a macadamia nuts farming business plan before you venture into the business.

Land for Macadamia Nuts Farming Business

Macadamias nuts perform best when they are grown in well-drained and deep soils that are rich in organic matter. When choosing land for macadamia nuts farming, you should avoid heavy clay soils or land with rock bars close to the surface. The slope of the land for macadamia trees should be up to 15% provided that the macadamia orchard is designed to minimize erosion. If the land is too steep, then there will be high risk of erosion and it will also be difficult to operate the farm machinery. The land should also offer sufficient wind protection, this can be provided by surrounding forests or through planting windbreaks. Your business plan for macadamia nuts production should take into account the cost of purchasing or renting the land.

Machinery and Equipment

Machinery and equipment which are required for your macadamia trees orchard business will depend on the scale of your operations. Machinery and equipment needed include tractors, harvesters, boom sprayers, safety equipment, fertilizer spreader, irrigation system, spray equipment, dehusker and sorting equipment, sheds, slashers etc. Some farmers usually hire big machinery like tractors when they want to use them, rather than purchasing them as they are expensive. There may also be need of grid hydroelectricity energy for the irrigation systems, standby diesel generators for use during power outages, or solar powered irrigation systems. The higher the level of mechanization at your macadamia orchard, the higher the efficiency of your operations, and the profitability of your macadamia nuts business. The macadamia nuts orchard business plan should include the costs of acquiring and hiring the various machinery and equipment.  

Macadamia Trees

You require various farming inputs when doing macadamia nuts farming. Most importantly you need the macadamia nut trees. There are several different varieties of macadamia trees which are used in different parts of the world. They vary in characteristics such as size, growth habit,  drought resistance, pest and disease resistance, yield and time to maturity. Thus before you start your macadamia trees orchard business, you have to decide which type of macadamia trees you want to use. That choice will be determined by the availability of the trees, the yield of the trees, the resistance to diseases of the macadamia trees, and your target market. It is important that you purchase your macadamia trees from certified suppliers. If you buy poor quality macadamia trees, your trees will not grow to their full potential and you will have poor yields. You start the business with young macadamia trees which you buy from nurseries. These trees will take 4-7 years to start bearing fruits. You can expect a yield of 3-5 tonnes of macadamia nuts per hectare per year after 10 years. Your macadamia nuts business plan should include the costs of acquiring the macadamia trees.

Macadamia Nuts Business Plan

Macadamia Nut Trees

Farming Inputs

Farming inputs required for macadamia trees farming include herbicides, for effective weed control at your macadamia orchard. Pesticides and fungicides are required for protecting your macadamia orchard against pests and fungi. Fertilizers are required to support the efficient growth of your macadamia trees, by providing all the nutrients needed by the macadamias so that they grow to their full potential. Irrigation may also be required in areas without sufficient rainfall. The costs of acquiring all these inputs should be included in your macadamia nuts business plan.

Farm Workers

When doing macadamia nuts business, you will need full time workers and also to hire part time farm workers as and when necessary. The duties which they will do include planting; herbiciding and pesticiding, irrigation, fertilizer application, tree training & pruning, harvesting, dehusking & drying, grading and packing and general orchard maintenance. The part time farm workers can be paid according to the number of days worked.  You also require supervisors, farm manager, finance & accounting staff, and logistics staff depending on the scale of your macadamia nuts business. The wages and salaries of your workers should be included in your macadamia nuts business plan.

Capital for Macadamia Nuts Business

The amount of capital required for macadamia nuts business depends on the scale of the project. This is a long term venture, as the macadamia trees will start bearing fruits after at least 4 years. So you should have sufficient capital to sustain your business for the first years when you won’t be having any revenue. You can get a loan from the bank, or funding from investors, to use as capital to start your macadamia nuts orchard business. If you plan to raise capital from investors and a loan from the bank, you need a good macadamia nuts business plan. If you don’t have access to investors and bank loan, you can use your personal savings and start small, and grow your business overtime. Even if you are not planning to get a loan, you should still get a macadamia nuts farming business plan to guide you in starting and operating the business. It is essential for you to have a macadamia orchard business plan before you venture into growing macadamia nuts, so that you know all the costs involved and you make an informed decision.


The demands for macadamia nuts is huge and ever increasing. Macadamia nuts have a wide variety of uses. Macadamia kernels are commonly sold as snack nuts and chocolate-covered candy.  Macadamia nuts are also used as ingredients by ice cream manufacturers and the baking industry. The shells and husk of macadamia nuts also have several uses including in plastic manufacturing, cosmestic industy, animal feed, and as mulch. There is a large export market for macadamia nuts. The largest export destinations for macadamia nuts include United States, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam and China.

Pre-Written Macadamia Nuts Farming Business Plan (PDF, Word And Excel): Comprehensive Version, Short Funding/Bank Loan Version and Automated Financial Statements

For an in-depth analysis of the macadamia nuts farming business, we encourage you to purchase our well-researched and comprehensive macadamia nuts business plan. We introduced the business plans after discovering that many were venturing into the macadamia nuts production business without enough knowledge and understanding of how to run the macadamia trees orchard business, how to grow the macadamia trees, lack of understanding of the financial side of the business, lack of understanding of : the industry, the risks involved , costs and profitability of the business; which often leads to disastrous losses.

The StartupBiz Global macadamia nuts business plan will make it easier for you to launch and run your macadamia farming business successfully, fully knowing what you are going into, and what’s needed to succeed in the business. It will be easier to plan and budget as you will be aware of all the costs involved in setting up and running the macadamia nuts business.

Uses of the Macadamia Nuts Business Plan (PDF, Word And Excel)

The macadamia nuts farming business plan can be used for many purposes including:

  • Raising capital from investors/friends/relatives
  • Applying for a bank loan
  • Start-up guide to launch your macadamia farming business
  • As a macadamia nuts farming business proposal
  • Assessing profitability of the macadamia nuts farming business
  • Finding a business partner
  • Assessing the initial start-up costs so that you know how much to save
  • Manual for current business owners to help in business and strategy formulation

Contents of the Macadamia Business Plan (PDF, Word And Excel)

The macadamia business plan include, but not limited to:

  • Marketing Strategy
  • 15 Years Financial Statements [income statements, cash flow statements, balance sheets, monthly cash flow projections (3 years monthly cash flow projections, the remaining 12 years annually), break even analysis, payback period analysis, start-up costs, financial graphs, revenue and expenses, Bank Loan Amortization]
  • Risk Analysis
  • Industry Analysis
  • Market Analysis
  • SWOT & PEST Analysis
  • Operational Requirements (Including technical aspects of how to grow the macadamia trees etc)
  • Operational Strategy
  • Why some people in macadamia farming business fail, so that you can avoid their mistakes
  • Ways to raise capital to start your macadamia farming business

The Pre-written macadamia nuts business plan package consists of 4 files

  1. Macadamia Nuts Farming Business Plan – PDF file (Comprehensive Version – 99 Pages)
  2. Macadamia Nuts Farming Business Plan – Editable Word File (Comprehensive Version – 99 Pages)
  3. Macadamia Nuts Farming Business Plan Funding/Bank Loan Version- Editable Word File (Short version for applying for a loan/funding – 50 pages)
  4. Macadamia Nuts Farming Business Plan Automated Financial Statements – (Editable Excel File)

The business plan can be used in any country and can be easily edited. The financial statements are automated. This implies that you can change eg the number of hectares, selling price of  the macadamia nuts etc, and all the other financial statements will automatically adjust to reflect the change.

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