80% of the cultivated area of bananas in the Canary Islands is operated by small producers, who have each about 1 hectare cultivated. Of the 7 islands, only 5 are banana producers. The island with the biggest production is Tenerife, followed by La Palma, Gran Canaria, La Gomera and El Hierro.
Banana production in the Canary Islands has a bigger transcendence in the economy of some islands by comparison to others. For example, in La Palma, which is inhabited by 80,000 people, it is of great importance, due to the fact that 80% of them depend on banana cultivation. Due to the islands geography, is not possible to make the harvest and production more technical, so quite a large labour force is needed for cultivation. "To highlight that this cultivation is of big profitability by each square meter. The production average for each banana bunch is around 22 to 25 kilos", said Francisco Rodríguez, president of ASPROCAN (the association that gathers the total number of banana producers in the Canary Islands).
Canary Islands bananas are presently commercialized solely in Spain, but they expect to start exporting to Germany soon. The restart in exporting to Germany will be made with a first shipment of 80,000 kilos. Despite being a small export, ASPROCAN expects it to be the beginning of many, not only to Germany, but to other European and world countries.