Going bananas for Fairtrade Fortnight

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FAIRTRADE fortnight has kicked off in Havant.

There is a wide range of events including giveaways, talks, and coffee mornings, devoted to giving farmers a good price for their produce.

On Thursday Councillor Paul Buckley, Mayor of Havant, is helping students from Bosmere School give out bananas, donated by Fyffes, in the Public Service Plaza.

Next week Dorothy Agard, a banana farmer form St Lucia in the West Indies, will be visiting Oaklands School, in Waterlooville, to explain about the problems they are facing.

Sue James, one of the organisers, said: ‘One in three bananas bought in the UK is a Fairtrade banana. We want to make it three out of three.

‘Producers of unfair bananas are suffering. Their costs have increased and the prices they are being paid have been reduced.

‘Some supermarkets are offering bananas at prices which do not even cover the costs of production.

‘It sounds great if you’re shopping for a good deal but someone pays the costs and in this case it’s the banana farmers and workers and for them and their families it means destitution.’

Go to portsmouthfairtrade.org.uk to find other events.