According to data provided by the Regional Directorate for Agriculture, in the first eight months of 2019, 13,295.2 tonnes of bananas were sold in this period, 1 830.4 tonnes more than in the same period of 2018. Of that total, 82.9% were shipped, having as main destination the Continent (81.3% in the same period last year).
The very positive evolution recorded in the second quarter (+ 43.5% YoY) more than offset the sharp drop observed in the first four months of the year (-18.3%), up to August and accumulated terms an increase of 16.0%. In making comparisons with 2019, it is important to note however that 2018 was a year of declining banana marketing (worst record in the last 5 years), mainly due to adverse weather conditions.
For this increase, the increase in the sale of extra category bananas (+ 41.5%) was decisive, as in the 1st and 2nd categories, there were decreases of 13.3% and 35.4% respectively.
July was at the same time the month with the highest year-on-year growth (+ 65.0%) and also the month in which the absolute maximum of the year was registered in terms of the quantity of banana traded, which stood at 2 786.6 tonnes.