by Lilian Ganduri, Andre Van der Merwe and Steven Matope
Less than 3% Agave americana L. plant matrix constitute biodegradable fibers. In order to improve the economic viability of the plant, there is need to commercialize other products from the heart of the plant. The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) was used to analyze a set of factors that affect agave production as well as possible alternatives by finding one with the best rating based on the given preferences. Each product’s benefit to cost ratios was evaluated using data extracted from the economic model. Inulin offers the better benefit to cost ratio compared to agave spirit and inulin.