Europlátano, a company that is headquartered in Los Llanos de Aridane, has stated that, due to the impact of the volcano on the production, it will take advantage of the temporary job regulation measures to guarantee the continuity of their activity and the employment of their team.
"The Europlátano team has worked tirelessly for more than five weeks, since the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma began, to mitigate its consequences as much as possible. For a few weeks we have been able to continue with our usual activity, reorganizing work, reducing shifts, and processing fruit from other organizations that needed it; but at this time we have had to take advantage of the extraordinary temporary employment regulation measures, ERTE, to safeguard the health of the company that currently employs more than 350 people and has more than 750 agricultural partners," they stated.
Europlátano was born almost 30 years ago in the heart of the Aridane Valley, the best banana production area of the Canary Islands. The company's central offices and its largest packaging facilities are located in this area and their activity has been seriously affected by the volcanic eruption.
The volcano is damaging the crop in several ways. The lava has buried entire farms and the eruption has destroyed irrigation networks. Banana trees need a large amount of water daily and the lack of water seriously affects the plant and its fruit. In addition, producers can't access their plantations to take care of the crops because of the roadblocks caused by the eruption, and the crops are covered by volcanic ash that scratches the fruit externally and complicates its collection, transport, and packaging.
"A significant decrease in production affects the entire organization because all departments depend directly or indirectly on the level of activity," they stated.
The company will take advantage of the temporary employment regulation measures as needed as the situation evolves. "The company welcomes this extraordinary measure as a way to continue with its activity in one of the most difficult moments that the banana sector and the island, in general, are experiencing." Europlátano's management would like to thank its team, farmers, and workers, for the understanding and responsibility they've shown in this complicated situation.