Where are bananas especifically harvested in Ecuador?
Do you know these Ecuadorian banana growing regions?
In other words, what are the most important provinces known for growing bananas in Ecuador?
Ecuador, the land of the four “worlds” (based on its four different climate zones: Amazonas, Andes, Coast and Galápagos) is the world leading exporter of bananas. Nevertheless, only 3 of the 24 administrative regions in which Ecuador is divided produce most of the bananas.
And what are these top 3 Ecuadorian banana growing regions?
If we look at the number of growers, the ranking reveals a very different outcome in 2021. Therefore, considering the number of Agricultural Production Units (UPA), banana growers are mainly located in El Oro (14.68 % UPA) and in smaller numbers in Los Ríos (12.09 %) and Guayas (11.18%) (Source: SIPA, 2021).
This difference between the distribution of production and the number of farms is because El Oro has the largest number of small banana growers. On the other hand, in Guayas and Los Ríos are located the big growers. Therefore, in 2021 the yield per hectare is smaller in El Oro than in the the two other regions.
For instance, in 2021 the cultivated area of bananas in El Oro was 41,169 ha. This area produced 1,502,098 t of bananas which reveals a yield of 36,49 t per hectare. But this outcome is much lower than those from Guayas or Los Ríos, whose yields amount to 45,94 and 45,74 TM per hectare (Source: SIPA Banana state reports).
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