Praise given to local groups for nation’s Fairtrade status

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Angus MP Mike Weir has lodged a motion at Westminster noting that Scotland has been named a Fairtrade nation and congratulating those who have promoted fair trade in local communities, schools and work places to achieve this accolade.

“The growth of the fair trade movement has been remarkable with global earnings for producers now standing at £577 million, having risen 22 per cent in just three years, and that at a time of economic difficulty. This shows how the idea of fair trade has taken root amongst consumers,” said Mr Weir.

“At the start of this year’s Fair Trade Fortnight Scotland was named a fair trade nation. This is a tremendous achievement and is due entirely to the efforts to those who have worked in their own communities promoting the idea.

“In Angus local groups have achieved fair trade status in Arbroath, Brechin, Forfar, Montrose and most recently Carnoustie.

“It is this support that has been so crucial not only in achieving the national accolade but the growth in the support for fair trade goods, with the UK now the biggest retail market for sales.

“1.24 million farmers and workers are in the Fairtrade system across 66 countries. They receive benefits including minimum price guarantees, an additional Fairtrade premium to allocate to social projects or as investment into their businesses, receive pre financing against future harvests and are certified against an internationally agreed set of social, economic environmental and labour standards.

“Fair trade is a way in which we can all help small farmers and growers to help themselves and build a better future for their families and communities.”