THE average price of Canarian bananas at origin, from February 24th to Mar 1st, stood at a record low of 15.85 cents per kilo, compared with the 72 cents/kilo and 36.39 cents/kilo from the same week in 2019 and 2018, respectively.
That’s according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAP), and this season, the price started at 33.57 cents/kilo, and has not stopped falling since.
In the latest week alone, it has dropped by 7.74%, compared with the previous week.
Last Friday, sources from the Association of Banana Producer Organisations of the Canary Islands (Asprocan) said the low prices may be a consequence of the high temperatures, recorded during the Canary Islands’ recent wind-storms.
Manuel Redondo, technical secretary of COAG Canarias, said Canary bananas were very sensitive to heat and temperature changes, so the high temperatures have resulted in a reduction in the product’s life cycle.
He added: “After the latest wind-storms, pineapples have had to be harvested earlier, so the supply has been advanced.” Redondo also said the damages suffered by the plantations of some areas would not be reflected in a reduction of the supply, for at least two or three months.
Banana plantations most affected by the latest storms are in Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, Gran Canaria and, to a lesser extent, El Hierro. Some 8,000 plots have been hit, according to Asprocan’s first estimations.
Puerto de la Cruz has recorded the most severe damage. And in this part of northern Tenerife, it is estimated that up to 80% of the plants have fallen in some areas, and those still standing are severely damaged.
La Palma has also suffered, the western part being severely damaged, especially Tijarafe, Los Llanos and Las Breñas.
Cheap Flights to St.Petersburg, RussiaSt. Petersburg is the place miracles are made. Today, Russia’s second largest city is known for its stunning tsarist architecture, fashionable restaurants, shopping and electric nightlife, all set along the beautiful Neva River. But St. Petersburg is also the site of some of the most pivotal moments in Russia's history, most notably the Siege of Leningrad.
One of the most awesome spectacles you can see once you've stepped off a flight to St. Petersburg are the “white nights” that occur in the city in the summer. Find cheap flights to St. Petersburg in June and July and watch in awe as the city glows from the prolonged twilight. The sun never drops far enough below the horizon to create the usual nighttime darkness, so the city is constantly lit up under the miraculous white light.
Find cheap flights to St.Petersburg
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 29.03.2020, INCLUDING DEATHS IN EACH ISLAND
CANARIES CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
POLICE CHASE IN ARONA
PLANE ENDANGERED BY LASER POINTER
CORONAVIRUS ISLAND BY ISLAND FOR 27.03.2020