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Banana crops in La Palma need four times as much irrigation water as avocados

According to a study on the water needs of the most important irrigated crops of La Palma, which are bananas and avocados, and using data from the website of the Canary Islands Institute of Agricultural Research (ICIA), banana crops require more than 35 million pipes of water (about 17.5 million cubic meters) of water per year, while avocados need about 8.9 million (each pipe equals about 480 liters).

The demand for irrigation water from avocado producers on the island increased by 3.02 million pipes per year between 2008 and 2017, since the acreage also expanded from 492.4 to 742 hectares. It is estimated that each hectare of avocado requires approximately 12,000 pipes per year.

According to the aforementioned study, the area devoted to avocado cultivation on the island has grown by 41.35% during the period at hand, while bananas, the island's most important crop, take about 2,912 hectares (-3.87%).



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