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Spain: La Palma Banana Growers Get a Lift from Navy

12.11.2021

The Spanish Navy has started helping farmers on the volcanic island of La Palma to reach their lava-surrounded banana plantations by sea, Spain’s Defense Ministry said on November 11.

More than 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) of the island’s surface has been covered by lava, and over 7,000 people have been evacuated, with no reported casualties. Either lava or thick particles of ash raining down have destroyed hundreds of properties, including homes and banana plantations that are the lifeblood of the island’s economy.

On November 11, four barges from the amphibious assault ship “Castilla” were making the 20-minute trip between the port of Tazacorte, on the western side of the island, and the beach of Puerto Naos, where many of the banana plantations are located.

Since the lava flows have destroyed or cut dozens of roads, farmers have resorted to a 90-minute drive around the island to reach the plantations on the southern shore and tend to their banana trees. Portable desalination plants were also shipped in to supply water to greenhouse banana plantations at points where irrigation systems have been destroyed.

According to regional authorities, the volcano has already caused 100 million euros ($116 million) in losses for the banana industry.

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