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Agriculture in the Canaries is completely bananas

The Canaries, an autonomous Spanish region that has two capitals and over 2 million inhabitants, is one of the EU's outermost regions. This means that it gets additional support from Brussels to compensate for the constraints of being offshore. In this edition of Talking Europe we look at those funds and how the region is spending that money. Mostly, it’s on bananas.


Agriculture in the Canaries is specialised in tropical fruit and vegetables. Every year, some 420,000 tons of bananas are produced here, and has thus become the fruit of many a conflict…

Presented by Eve Irvine

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Anaïs Guérard

Co-financed by the European Commission. This reflects the views only of the author, and the commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained.

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