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Sugarcane Bagasse: Processing Technologies and Marketing: With Reference to India and Brazil

Pierre Audinet
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 29, No. 48 (Nov. 26, 1994), pp. M149-M155
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4402063
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

The value of sugarcane bagasse, a by-product of the sugarcane industry, has been recognised only of late. In the context of environmentally sound technologies, the processing techniques for bagasse should become widely diffused in the industry to produce biomass fuel and other goods. If the existence of bagasse processing technologies is well documented, very few studies have been done on their economics. Referring mainly to the cases of Brazil and India, a look at the different costs (capital, operational, and final production cost) of technologies for drying, compacting, storing and transporting bagasse will partially explain their slow diffusion. A macroview at bagasse economics will show that the structure of the technology market is also one of the reasons for this lack of propagation. Moreover, in spite of an important potential demand, the lack of an existing market for bagasse-based products seems to be the key deterrent. The author also discusses a few conditions for the emergence of a bagasse market and the importance of pricing of bagasse.

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