Consumers prefer Ecuadorian grown bananas because of their exquisite taste and longer shelf life, while importers choose them for their unmatched quality, resistance to disease, and guaranteed availability (due to the year-round growing season).
About 1 ½ hours drive inland from Bahia in a city called Calcetta are the agricultural valleys where we find this banana farm. The banana plantation owner, and our tour guide is Canadian born engineer, John Megson who has lived, and been involved in agriculture endeavors in Ecuador for about 30 years. He is currently the Vice-President of the Ecuadorian Canadian Chamber of Commerce – actively promoting trade relations between the two countries http://www.ecuacangye.com/nosotros_eng.php. His son Jacob has now completed his agricultural degree and is assuming the banana farm's management.
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This Banana plantation grows, processes, labels, packages, and ships their product directly from the plantation to worldwide markets. It encompasses 80 hectares, two processing facilities, and employs about 95 remarkably hard working and happy full time staff. The farm is very self sufficient growing bamboo to prop up tall trees and to bridge irrigation and drainage canals, large vegetable gardens for employee meals; metal fabrication and mechanical shop; medical staff, and staff recreational games facilities.