On Wednesday, December 2, political groups rejected an amendment that established that the Platano de Canarias was not obliged to set a minimum sale price for all transactions and all categories. This measure sought to achieve a minimum income for the thousands of families that make up this sector in the Islands and who now feel that the threat of their competitor, the imported banana, is getting closer.
The amendment was overturned at the last minute by political groups that had agreed to approve it last week, which was perplexing for the Platano de Canarias sector.
"We believe that if the socialist group didn't accept this amendment, it is because it has a plan B in place," stated Sergio Caceres, the manager of ASPROCAN. "If nothing is done, millions of kilos of fruit would be destroyed and it would be irreversible damage for more than 8,000 producers that make up the Platano de Canarias sector," he said. According to Caceres, they would be forced to destroy 25 to 30% of the annual production of bananas.