The business and the barriers
This farmer sets aside 10% of his land for growing teak, which he uses as a type of savings account — selling it when in need of cash. However, this weakens his bargaining power, and often means his trees are still small at the time of sale.
He also doesn't have the cash or training to process the timber, so the wood is sold as a tree, which is often crooked or has defects. Finally, the middleman the farmer sells to subtracts the mounting costs of meeting timber trade regulations from the final payout.
The farmer wonders if he should have stuck with growing crops.