"Doing instead of preaching" is our motto. Here we would like
to introduce you to our contributions to public health, to protection
of the environment and to the economy, which are positive side effects
of our project.
In many cases the traditional knowledge about the production of sugar
cane brandy got lost.
The result of this is, that, for example, people distillate too fast and
that good and bad substances are not separated. Also within the fermentation
mistakes are made, methanol and over all acetates, that are very damaging
to health, are created.
If one knows the biological processes, one can already avoid these health-damaging
substances during the fermentation; the rest that still remains in the
fermented juice is then separated during the process of destillation.
*Protection of the environment
Everything that is combustible, is being burned here in Cape Verde.
The effect is, that valuable fertilizers get lost. Artificial fertilizers
do not have trace elements which are very important though. Also the soils
become weak, the result is high evaporation, the soil saves not enough
water and important nutrients are taken too deep into the soil during
the irrigation so the plant cannot reach these nutrients anymore.
We will hackle the sugar cane straw (Palha) and convert it to compost.
Out of the pressed sugar cane (Bagaço) we are producing forage
by milling it. The cows' excrement then serve to produce biogas which
we will use for the distillation.
The left-overs of the the biogas-production is valuable liquid fertilizer
and could be integrated, after a certain treatment, into a drop-by-drop
The price of sugar cane brandy here in Cape Verde declines more and more.
Following the rules of a market economy the price declines when the production
is higher than the demand.
There also exists an overproduction by using beet sugar - but according
to my analyses the demand declined clearly. Rather imported liquor is
consumed, than the native sugar cane brandy of inferior quality.
One solution would be to develop new markets, another, which I think is
the better one, would be to augment the pourcentage of the national consumption
in the way that people again prefer to consume a national over an imported
According to my researches the national needs of spirituous beverages
could never be covered by national production, that means that Grogue
producers could achieve that the capeverdean consumer prefers the national
product over the imported and that in that way the demand rises, so that
the production satisfies the economic expectations.
This can be achieved with a high quality but overall with a variety of
spirituous beverages within the national production.
We are also cutting production costs clearly which is in the end a very
important factor of economy. By economical use of the waste products (the
sugar cane straw and the pressed sugar cane are converted and with that
profits are made) we are making profits and create qualified jobs.
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