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Canary Islands: The Banana Sector in Search of Alternatives to Anticipate the Crisis as Much as Possible

12.6.2020

The Covid-19 outbreak in Spain has generated a dichotomy among producers of Plátano de Canarias. On the one hand, it has highlighted the strategic importance of the primary sector in the islands, but on the other it has placed them in a difficult situation due to the closing of markets. For this reason, the Organizations of Producers of Plátano de Canarias, together with Asprocan, have joined forces to find alternatives anticipating the crisis and guaranteeing the viability of exports.

The decrease in the volume of bananas marketed in the archipelago during the state of alarm has been 700 tonnes relative to the average of the last decade, a setback to which is added the high production of 2020 which has already reached 38,000 tonnes.

However, as Aprocan explained this drop in demand is less than the annual amount absorbed by Morocco and reaffirms this market as a destination of interest for the sector. Consequently, the association requests the continuity of financial support from entities such as Proexca and Mincotur for 2020 and 2021 to "continue with the actions of promoting the product abroad".

"Two years ago we put Morocco in perspective with the aim of supplying part of its national banana consumption during the months from April to August, a period in which these exports can in turn balance supply and demand in the Spanish market. Morocco is a price demanding country and shipments correspond to the interest of buyers and sellers, who avail themselves of a solidarity mechanism financed entirely by the sector and pursuant to which PPOs are encouraged to make exports with the purpose of avoiding losses for producers“ declared Domingo Martín, president of Asprocan.

These subsidies are made at 50% between Asprocan and Proexca and Mincotur, and thanks to them the Canary Islands have exported more than 1,000 tonnes to Morocco in recent weeks. Thus, the producers of this tropical fruit consider that this type of joint action is "key" as a containment measure since it tries to minimize market crises.

The Association of Organizations of Banana Producers of the Canary Islands (Asprocan) is made up of the OPPs Agrícola Llanos de Sardina, SAT Agricultores de Tenerife, Grupo Regional de Cooperativas Plataneras (Coplaca), Cooperativas Unidas de La Palma (Cupalma), SAT Europlátano and SAT Plataneros de Canarias. Its function is to coordinate the technical and environmental control of production, and to manage and promote the ‘Plátano de Canarias’ brand.

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