Tomato cropping

By the middle of the 20th century, the coastal area of San Bartolomé de Tirajana was the main tomato growing area on the island of Gran Canaria. More than 500 hectares were planted with tomatoes, one of the island’s main agricultural exports since the late 19th century. The need for workers for this labour-intensive activity led to the first coastal settlements in the south of the island, in places such as El Doctoral and El Tablero de Maspalomas. Production was based on sharecropping agreements, where growers entered into debt with the landowner to grow tomatoes until they delivered their produce after harvest. Sharecroppers lived in very basic temporary communal quarters provided by the landowners. The rise of tourism brought an end to tomato cropping in this area.


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35100 Maspalomas, Las Palmas