Papua New Guinea Is A Promising Alternative Kratom Growing Region
A previous article on The Kratom Herald discussed alternative Kratom growing regions via analyzing global climate in order to speculate about regions outside of Indonesia where Kratom could be grown. Essentially, Kratom requires a humid tropical environment year-round, with zero cold fronts and zero hurricanes, and just a couple of regions in the world outside of Southeast Asia meet this criteria, including swaths of equatorial Africa and the Amazon Rain Forest.
The reason that it is important to find alternative Kratom growing regions, and to start planting Kratom in those regions now, is because Indonesia’s government has declared that Kratom will be banned on New Year’s Day 2022. This would cut off 95% of the United States’ Kratom supply, which would be an outright catastrophe.
The American Kratom Association (AKA) is fighting hard to get Kratom legalized in Thailand, since the supply of Kratom from Thailand could partially offset the loss of Indonesia’s Kratom supply. However, nothing is set in stone in Thailand yet. Also, the AKA and Indonesian Kratom growers are fighting to keep Kratom legal in Indonesia.
If Kratom warriors win either one of these battles, then there will continue to be a supply of fresh Kratom in the United States long term. However, the day of the Indonesian Kratom ban is only 17 months away now, and so far this issue hasn’t been resolved, and it is wise for the Kratom industry to brainstorm other alternatives, which is why I proposed starting Kratom farms in equatorial Africa and the Amazon rainforest.
However, one Kratom growing region that I failed to mention is Papua New Guinea, perhaps because Papua New Guinea isn’t an entirely different region, in-fact it shares a border with Indonesia with Papua New Guinea residing on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, and Indonesia controlling the western half of the island of New Guinea.
Since Papua New Guinea is right next to Indonesia it has practically the same climate. More specifically, the climate that Kratom thrives in is Moist Tropical, and as seen in the below map, the northern and southern coastal plains of Papua New Guinea have a moist tropical climate, just like the island of Borneo to the west which is one of the most prolific Kratom growing regions in the world.
This means that the northern and southern coastal plains of Papua New Guinea have year-round tropical heat, and zero cold fronts, which is perfect for Kratom growing.
The other factor is hurricanes. The southern coastal plain of Papua New Guinea is right on the edge of the climatological extent of Southern Hemisphere hurricane season. However, checking Papua New Guinea’s tropical cyclone history reveals that no hurricanes have ever made landfall in Papua New Guinea, and therefore Kratom forests in Papua New Guinea will never be blown down by a hurricane.
Indeed, Papua New Guinea definitely has dense and ancient Kratom forests, since it is a native growing region for Kratom. Therefore, this makes Papua New Guinea an even better prospect than the Amazon rainforest and equatorial Africa, since abundant Kratom is already pre-existing there and doesn’t need to be grown from scratch.
The final factor which is important to mention is legality, and I thoroughly searched if Kratom was legal in Papua New Guinea, and all indications are that Kratom is completely legal there.
Based on this, Kratom suppliers in the United States should work to establish connections with Papua New Guinea Kratom farmers, since Papua New Guinea is perhaps the best alternative source of Kratom in the world. If God forbid Indonesia bans Kratom on New Year’s Day 2022, the supply from Papua New Guinea should be enough to supply Kratom users worldwide, as long as steps are taken now to establish a Kratom supply route between the United States and Papua New Guinea, rather than waiting until the last minute.