The banana harvest in Santa Catarina extends throughout the year, with greater concentration during the summer. This year, the good production and quality of the fruit have provided good results for farmers. According to Socioeconomics and Rural Development analyst at the Center for Socioeconomics and Agricultural Planning (Epagri/Cepa), Rogério Goulart, the activity is going through a period of recovery since, in 2020, part of the orchards suffered damage due to the passage of a Hurricane.
With prices at a good level and production on the rise, there was a significant increase in the value of negotiations in the national wholesale markets. According to data available in the April Agricultural Bulletin, the traded value of fruit from Santa Catarina in the first three months of the year was R$ 41.18 million, which represents an increase of 50% compared to the same period in 2022.
Since the 2014/2015 agricultural year, banana production in the state has varied between 719,000 and 739,000 tons. The exception is the 2020/2021 harvest, when production reached 489,000 tons due to the problems that occurred in the banana plantations with the passage of the cyclone.