I like entrepreneurial innovation, Freddy Grover Choque reports for La Prensa:
They use oranges to develop singani
The factory produces 13,000 bottles a month. It plans to build another in Sapecho
In order to take advantage of the discarding of Orange (damaged or small fruit) the National Fund for Alternative Development (Fonadal) implemented an industrialization plant and transformation of the product in singani, within in the Yungas of La Paz Cotapata National Park.
Miguel Erlan Oropeza, director general of the institution, said that the plant was opened in November 2010. “Liquor is called “El Tunqui” and produces 13,000 bottles a month, the price is Bs35″.
He asserted that the name is due to a bird that only lives in this sector. “The product has wide acceptance, because it is distributed in hotels and stores of the touristic towns.”
By the success of the product, he said, there is projected implementation of another plant in the town of Sapecho in Palos Blancos, that according to Oropeza is another sector with great citrus production.
Part of a contest. Oropeza mentioned that the construction of the processing plant of citrus in the Cotapata National Park was thanks to a contest that the community people of the sector won.
“We have a program called competitive funds, consisting of economically reward or run the winning project as Fonadal [I’d strongly recommend they just give the award and let the private take over, FONADAL is just a fund NOT an implementing agency]. Also [we are] supporting that product to be known at the national level, as we have presented it in the international fair of Santa Cruz, as well as also in Cochabamba and the fair that takes place in Caranavi”.
He asserted that the Orange processing plant is a small community industry, which is managed by 100 families who won the competition. “They have their own policy and are responsible for ensuring the well-being of factory”. [now they should hire competent technicians while they train their own]
With reference to the new plant which will be implemented in Sapecho, Oropeza explained that the lot is ready to start its construction. “We hope to start work this year and inaugurated in March of next year, this will improve the level of production in the region.”
Bs35 is the price of a bottle of singani, based on oranges. [actually it should be called an orange liquor, not singani as the latter is a product like pisco, both made exclusively from grapes]
“Another of the projects to be implemented in Sapecho will be coffee at the ‘mosetén’ [indigenous group] factory, as already proceeded to cultivate the product in plots and has good results. As Fonadal we addressed these projects” he said.
Miguel Erlan Oropeza / DIRECTOR FONADAL
The implementation of a new orange processing plant, which will take place in Sapecho is thanks to the success of the “Orange Singani” project in Cotapata. It is a plant of distillate spirits distilled from Orange which comprises the infrastructure and equipment for producing 12,000 liquor bottles a month. The total amount of the project is Bs907,426.24.
I know that during the funding of FONADAL by USAID, in reality during the CRDP, CORDEP and subsequent alternative development projects, since 1987 to 2006, there were numerous occasions that projects like this were submitted for financing. They were denied as US tax payers did not want to fund liquor anywhere in the world. I hope this new industry becomes competitive and remains a private venture, outside of political or coca grower’s union influence.