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Canary Islands: Strong Winds Affect Banana Plantations

11.1.2019

Some 3,890 tons of bananas were lost in the Canary Islands due to the wind that blew between the 22nd and 24th of December when a yellow alert was activated in the archipelago due to meteorological phenomena according to Asprocan, the producers’ association.

In a statement, the Association of Organizations of Producers of Bananas of the Canary Islands indicated that the winds on those days dam-aged 1,752 hectares of crops, in most of the municipalities where the fruit is grown.

Asprocan added that, despite this, everything indicates that "in general, it is a question of low intensity losses, except in the areas most exposed to the winds".

Losses reached approximately 3,890 tonnes of Plátano de Canarias and 60% of the affected farms have suffered damages, which could reach an average production loss of between 8% and 10%.

In terms of distribution, the worst affected crop areas were those in Tenerife, with losses of 1,940 tons of bananas in the south and another 530 in the north; the southwest of La Gomera with 120 tons; and west and south of La Palma, with 1,300 tons, where greenhouses and windbreaks were also damaged, as well as plants being uprooted.

The rest of the affected areas registered slight damage, maybe only the leaves, with hardly any plants fallen, highlights the Asprocan note.

It also adds that up to now damages have been reported in some 5,000 plots and that the greenhouses are being visited by technicians in the first days of the year so that, starting next week, they begin the surveys of the affected plants.

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