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Kelly meets with Fairtrade producers

4 March, 2008

Sinn Féin Junior Minister Gerry Kelly along with Jeffrey Donaldson heard of the issues faced by farmers in developing countries today from Fairtrade producers from Belize and Tanzania.

Luis Armando Choco, a cocoa producer from Belize and Yahya Msangi, a trade union organiser from Tanzania met with the Junior Ministers ahead of this afternoon's Fairtrade Belfast Awards in Parliament Buildings taking place during Fairtrade Fortnight (29 February - 9 March).

Fairtrade Fortnight provides a platform for supporting groups, retailers and commercial partners to promote Fairtrade Mark and the fairtrade products it appears on.

The Awards are hosted by The Belfast Fairtrade Group and provide an opportunity for nominees and MLAs to hear from producers travelling with Fairtrade Mark Ireland.

Gerry Kelly said:

"The Fairtrade movement is responsible for providing an escape for people from poverty and exploitation, relating between small producers and coffee consumers. It is a compassionate cause and one worthy of supporting.

"We wish them well for their campaign and congratulate all those involved in the Fairtrade for their hard work." ENDS

Note to Editors

Fairtrade guarantees a price to producers that covers their costs of their production. It also provides a premium that can be invested back into their business or community.

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