The market value of the banana trees destroyed by the lava ranges between 35 and 40 million
The lava from the La Palma volcano has destroyed about 90 hectares of banana trees in the coastal area of the Aridane Valley, “the most expensive in the Canary Islands and Spain” for the cultivation of this fruit and whose market value ranges between 35 and the 40 million euros. The data has been provided by the Canarian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Alicia Vanoostende, in the Plenary of the Autonomous Parliament questioned by deputies Jonathan de Felipe, from the Nationalist Group (CC-PNC-AHI), and Luis Alberto Campos, from Nueva Canary Islands. Vanoostende has indicated that his department is conducting a survey of disused farms, as a land bank, to offer an alternative to producers who have lost everything, their housing and their livelihood. However, he has warned that this is a “very difficult” search for the orography of La Palma, due to the scarce availability of land and the existing levels of protection, and has slipped the possibility of reclassifying land.
Apart from the disappeared farms, he pointed out that there are many others, south of the colada, that have been isolated and without water supply. The counselor has also indicated that aid is being considered for possible losses of seedlings and for the replanting of farms in “the hypothetical case” that they cannot be saved with the desalination plants and with a tanker that is scheduled to arrive in the next few hours. And he has also spoken of aid in the face of the probable fall of greenhouses due to the weight of the ash accumulated on the roofs. Alicia Vanoostende has estimated at 80% the loss of production due to the ash in the Aridane Valley, and 50% in Fuencaliente and Tijarafe, and has added that consensus is being reached with associations and cooperatives on how to compensate these losses. (Eph)