In my family there has been a long tradition of cultivating bananas. In 1980, when my father died, I took over the helm of a medium-sized banana plantation or “finca” called Las Damas, in the West-coast of Tenerife. I had to deal with irrigation plans, nutrient balances, packing processes, labour issues and other aspects of an agriculture business. My input was mainly technical and supervision as a part-time dedication, allowing me to keep my other commitments as professional biologist.
At present, the finca is a family corporation called Agricola Tauce S.A. I am the President, my brother Mario takes care of finances, and my daughter Laura runs the cultivation. In the past we packed our own fruit. Initially we packed and exported our own fruit, but now we are part of Europlatano, a cooperative which takes care of commercialisation.