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Ecuador: Province of Santa Elena bets on Organic Bananas

19.2.2021

The Ecuadorian Santa Elena peninsula is increasingly cultivating organic bananas. The plantations of this fruit have been growing, and most of it is focused on growing bananas free of chemicals during its planting and producing processes. 

Lands that were unused in the southern part of the province have welcomed new plantations in recent years. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, there are 1,940.79 hectares of bananas in that coastal province, of which 1,537.37 are organic fruit. 

Banana hectarage planted corresponds to about 20 properties, although there is an unregulated area. 

Banana growers estimate that the planted area maybe 3,000 hectares, between the previous ones and those recently planted.

According to the Ministry, in 2019, Santa Elena exported 64,754 boxes of bananas of 43-pounds per week, and in 2020, the weekly average was 79,064 43-pound boxes. 

According to representatives of banana unions, the Santa Elena peninsula area would have specialized in organic bananas due to the dry climate because of the lower amounts of rain during the year because these are virgin lands. 

The dry climate slows down the proliferation of Sigatoka and some other pests; however, one of the concerns that banana producers have and other crops is related to the provision of water at certain times of the year in Santa Elena and Guayas.

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