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THERE ARE PLENTY OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES
TO LIFTING AFRICAN COUNTRIES FROM POVERTY LEAGUE TO
This delivery sees the end of the series about "Tropical
Fruits Industry As Income Building Power For An African
Community". A quick estimate
of the potential market for natural food enzymes and
supplements throughout Africa closes the series and
shows that it is possible to establish, at least, 20
medium scale pharmaceuticals industries in African countries;
based on the development of pineapple agribusiness.
dedicated to the matter, one can see that tropical fruits
industry is an important component of the "Strategy for African Countries" and one of the booster
of the "Synergetic
Impact Factor" or Self Inducing And Accelerating
Impact, which is the trigger to Double
Digit Growth Rate; the sine qua non fundamental
to alleviating poverty in any emerging country.
about agribusiness development on tropical fruits, and
particularly those dedicated to pineapple agribusiness
show clearly that any African country can easily set
up sound basis for an integrated economy in which agriculture,
industries and services are closely
linked and quickly bridge
the developing gap over a span time of maximum 30 years.
As since 49 months, AFRICABIZ ONLINE will continue,
relentlessly, month after month, demonstrating that
Is No Poor African Country. Only Lack Of Imagination
And Mismanagement" and that African decision
makers in governing circles will gain more, as far as
the global security and prosperity of their countries
are concerned, to always base their political and economic
decisions on safeguarding and improving existing
assets instead of starting afresh from rubbles.
FROM RE-FOUNDATION TO GUARDIANSHIP
We have dealt with the sad economic and political consequences
of not building on existing assets in a previous delivery
considering the The Stupid Dive Into Hell Of Once
Prosperous African Countries: Ivory
Coast and Zimbabwe..
we consider the matter again and further due to the
fact that Ivory Coast is now, since February 5, 2003,
under the tutelage
of the United Nations, 43 three years after gaining
Contributor's Guidelines are here
for review. Your contribution on "How African
countries / entrepreneurs could bridge the developing
gap" is welcome.
Many thanks for dropping by and
see you here on March 15, 2003
Dr. B.M. Quenum
Several business opportunities with high profit making
potential, which are economic
catalysts and components to the Strategy for African Countries - here
available, have been introduced to you. They are listed
in following table.
SHEA BUTTER (Issues 5,
b- BLUE GOLD (Issues 14,
c- FREEZE-DRIED PAPAIN (Issues 20,
d- KENAF (Issues 23,
e- VEGETABLE OIL (Issues 25,
f- CEREALS (Issues 30,
g- FRUITS (34,
TROPICAL FRUITS INDUSTRY AS INCOME
BUILDING POWER FOR AN AFRICAN COMMUNITY:
XII : TREMENDOUS MARKET IN AFRICA FOR FOOD ENZYME /
NATURAL NUTRIMENT / BROMELAIN / PAPAIN
This delivery is the fifth [42,
of Africabiz Online Monthly Issue dedicated to
pineapple agribusiness, because pineapple fruit is
first a good "economic
catalyst" and second an extraordinary concentrate
of several chemical components necessary to a healthy
human and animal life as shown by the composition here
Currently, pineapple cultivated in African countries
as fresh or canned fruit, or locally processed into
juice concentrates and syrup for the local and export
market. Pineapple bran, the cake / residue obtained
after extracting the juice, has a high content of vitamin
A: it is an excellent feed for livestock.
The most interesting processed product from pineapple,
however, is a food enzyme called Bromelain or Bromelin,
which is a competitor to papain. Issue 45
had been dedicated to investment and production cost
related to a medium size factory producing 50 Metric
Tons / year of bromelain in African economic conditions.
In view of of Bromelain's medicinal usage here
reported, and the
chemical components present in pineapple fruit itself,
African countries should setup pharmaceuticals
/ phytomedicinal industries / food enzymes for local
and export market.
NUTRICEUCALS / NUTRIMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS
Nutriceucals (Nutriments + pharmaceuticals)
are a broad range of chemical / bio products, which
composition is based on natural enzymes (bromelain and
or papain). Nowadays, nutriceucals are used in the developed
world to provide nutrition supplements to people: children
growth supplement, elders' anti aging supplement, competition
/ sports' performance enhancement, cholesterol control
medication, energy supplement, blended vitamins supplements,
chronic conditions support, pigmentation control, skin
protection treatments, weight loss support. Etc.
Nutriceucals are made from natural enzymes: papain
and delivered in capsules with several kinds of dosages.
STANDARD DOSAGE FOR NUTRICEUCALS / NUTRIMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS
The standard dosage of bromelain is unique in that it
is based on the gelatin-digesting unit (g.d.u.)
or the milk-clotting unit (m.c.u.) activity.
The most effective range of activity appears to be between
1,800 to 2,000 m.c.u. or g.d.u. For use as other than
a digestive aid (e.g. inflammation, trauma, arthritis,
etc.) the typical dosage is between 250 and 750 mg.
three times daily, taken on an empty stomach (before
or between meals). Source
QUANTITIES OF CAPSULES OBTAINED BASED ON ABOVE DOSAGES
Let's consider the lower end of dosage i.e. 250 mg per
capsule and calculate the amount of capsules that could
be manufactured from one kilogram of bromelain: 1 kg
= 1000 grams = 1,000,000 milligrams / divided by 250
= 4,000 capsules.
PRODUCTION COST OF CAPSULES
And based on table below
(Extracted from issue 45)
the production cost of one capsule is approximately:
US$ 19.5 / 4.000 = .005. That is to say 25 cents
for a bottle of 50 capsules with 250 mg content of bromelain;
50 cents for 500 mg content of bromelain per capsule
and US$ 1.5 for 750 mg content of bromelain.
REMARK: the production cost per bottle (50 capsules)
above briefly outlined will be slightly higher in fact,
taking into account the other operating costs (other
additives, packaging; Etc.). However one can have an
idea of the profit margin left over just by comparing
that cost of production of 50 capsules to the prevailing
prices on the nutriceucals and supplements market, which
range from US$ 7 to 45 Source
[Search for bromelain].
(US$ x 1,000)
Crude Bromelain = 50 metric
tons at full capacity.
Raw material (around 2,320 metric tons of pineapple
stems) harvesting, handling and transport to plant
floor - production costs - insurance - utilities
- staff and hands / management salaries - external
management assistance - amortization - interests
on loan - merchandise packaging. Etc.
of production off Plant Floor of One Metric Ton
of Crude Bromelain
QUANTITIES OF 50 CAPSULES BOTTLES PRODUCED FROM 50 METRIC
TONS OF BROMELAIN
A bottle of nutriceucals of 50 capsules at 250 mg of
bromelain per capsules contains 12,500 mg or 12.5 grams
of bromelain. Therefore 50 metric tons of bromelain
(the factory annual production) shall yield 4,000,000
millions bottles. For 500 mg of bromelain per capsule,
the yield shall be around 2, 000,000 bottles and for
750 mg per capsule, 1,000,000 bottles.
With profit margin (See above Remark) that could run
as big as 100% over production cost, taking into account
the prevailing retail selling prices Source
[Search for bromelain], one can have a good idea
of the profit making potential of producing nutriceucals
ESTIMATION OF GLOBAL AFRICAN
MARKET FOR NUTRICEUCALS
Bromelain has a very large specter of usage in biochemistry,
pharmacology and miscellaneous illness treatments because
it contains, among other components, various closely
related proteinases. Click
here for more.
agribusiness can be used to establish pharmaceuticals
industries throughout African countries to deliver supplements
and nutriments to the population.
The actual population level of Africa at the beginning
of the new millennium stands at around
800,000,000 people. In table below is an estimate
of profit level that could be achieved with nutriments
/ supplements industry based on pineapple / bromelain
versus the percentage of targeted population. (One
bottle of 50 capsule of nutriceucals per year; with
U$ 2 per bottle as profit margin)
(50 caps) x 1,000
Profit US$ x 1,000
lowest hypothesis of targeting 10% of the population
requires 20 (twenty) medium size factories (Producing
globally 500 metric tons of bromelain per year).
there is no doubt that African countries have, with
papain and bromelain, a tremendous business opportunity:
With credit worthy outlets such as the US,
the EU and Japan (Big importers of food enzymes).
- With a huge potential local and regional markets
(Globally near 800,000,000 people) for nutriceucals
- With the possibility to supplying (in the near
future) papain and bromelain to the pharmaceutical
industry for the production of vaccine against
AIDS / HIV.
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