SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Dec 14 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Government of the Canary Islands has paid producer organizations a first advance valued at 13.5 million euros to alleviate production losses in banana farms affected by the volcanic eruption in La Palma.
These are funds transferred by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands to compensate for the losses in the sector, especially in the banana tree, which is one of the main economic engines of the Aridane Valley and the island.
The autonomous department has included three types of conditions: on the one hand, the farms buried by lava, in which the intensity of the aid has been one hundred percent of the established calculation. On the other hand, farms affected by ash and farms with inability to access irrigation, in which the aid intensity has been 32% for the municipalities of Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte and El Paso, and 11% for Tijarafe and Fuencaliente.
The calculation of the amounts has been made based on the average yield of the area and the average sales prices. The total number of beneficiaries amounts to 2,947 applicants who are part of the producer organizations Coplaca, Cupalma, Europlátano, Plataneros and Llanos de Sardina.
The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Government of the Canary Islands, Alicia Vanoostende, has highlighted the importance of paying some aid “necessary to inject liquidity into the sector at such a difficult time for the economy of the Aridane Valley and the entire Island of La Palma, so we wanted to advance part of the aid in the month of December “.
Along these lines, he pointed out that “intense cooperation and consensus work has been carried out with the banana sector to determine the advance payment formula in different circumstances, in addition to the efforts of the Ministry’s staff to diligently attend to these vital measures for the sector” .