Banana sales fall in Madeira

Revenues decrease by 4.8%

Bananas in Madeira

The production of bananas in Madeira in 2021 was 20.200 tonnes, which represents a decrease of 4.8% compared to the previous year, according to the Department of Regional Statistics (DREM).

DREM said that, according to data provided by the Regional Directorate of Agriculture, 20,200 tonnes of bananas were sold in 2021, 1,000 tonnes less than in 2020.

Among the different types of banana traded, the 2nd category was the only one to grow in 2021, when compared to 2020 (+3.8%), as the extra category and 1st category retreated by 5.0% and 7.7% respectively.

“Of the total bananas marketed in the year under review, 84.6% were shipped (85.1% in 2020), with the main destination being the mainland,” says the regional authority, indicating that extra category bananas represented 80.2 % of the total marketed (80.5% in 2020), reaching 16,200 tonnes.

September was the month of 2021 in which the highest quantity of bananas traded was registered (2.400 tons) and February was the month of least abundance of the product (885.4 tons).

According to the DREM, the months of November and April recorded the highest year-on-year increase (+15.0% and +11.1% respectively).

On the other hand, January and July recorded the most significant monthly year-on-year falls in banana sales (-17.8% and -15.9% in that order).

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  1. The bananas grown in Madeira and the Canaries are important as they are a different genus of banana to the more common Cavendish banana grown in most of the world and currently at high risk from a fungal infection which is wiping them out. The Madeiran banana is hopefully immune to this fungus and eventually may be needed to replace Cavendish bananas elsewhere.

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