Economic model for the production of spirit, inulin, and syrup from the locally eco-friendly agave americana

by Lilian Ganduri, Andre Van der Merwe and Steven Matope

Abstract

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.

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Lilian Ganduri
Name: Lilian Ganduri
Organization: Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1 Matieland, Capetown, 7602, South Africa
Email: ie@sun.ac.za
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2 thoughts on “Economic model for the production of spirit, inulin, and syrup from the locally eco-friendly agave americana

  1. Fun, light and different paper.

    The work almost seems like a market study. I would like to know if there is already interest from industry into this work, how are they involved (and how do they react)?

    1. Hi Edwin Bos, thank you for the question. on this project we have one company that is mainly focusing on agave fibre production. unfortunately the spirit production ceased in 2008 but we are in constant communication with the former owner of the factory. there is quest to determine the feasibility of producing other products from the plant so as to boost the economic viability of the plant. The full model of agave production and processing can then be used for potential decision making. In the country, there are quiet a number of agave experts that are interested in the results of the whole project.
      thank you.

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