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43% of La Palma's agricultural area is devoted to bananas

Bananas are undoubtedly the most important crop on La Palma. They're grown on 2,958.2 hectares, i.e. 43% of the island's 6,943.6 hectares agricultural surface in production, according to the 2020 Sustainability Observatory document prepared by the Canarian Foundation La Palma World Biosphere Reserve based on data from the primary sector of 2019.

In the last decade, the banana production area has remained very stable. Meanwhile, the avocado has undergone significant expansion on the island. According to data from the Observatory, the avocado production area has increased from 523.1 hectares in 2009 to 864.5 hectares in 2019, a year in which it accounted for 12% of La Palma's agricultural area in production.

According to the aforementioned source, 871.6 hectares are devoted to growing grapes, i.e. accounting for 13% of the agricultural area. This area is lower than the 1,101.3 hectares recorded in 2019.

Tubers occupy 300.4 hectares; citrus fruits, 142 hectares; cereals, 100.3 hectares; and forage crops, 984.6 hectares.

The municipality with the largest agricultural area in production is Los Llanos de Aridane with 984 hectares between woody and herbaceous crops. It is followed by Tazacorte with 695.6 hectares; Villa de Mazo with 645.2; Tijarafe with 614.9; El Paso with 591.6; Garafia with 568.2; Fuencaliente with 447; San Andres y Sauces with 435.8; Puntallana with 427; Barlovento with 419; Breña Alta with 350; Puntagorda with 316; Breña Baja with 239.1; and Santa Cruz de La Palma with 210.2 hectares.

 

Source: eldiario.es 


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