Praise for town’s Fairtrade support

Fiona Thomson is pictured with honey producer Guillermo Perez during her recent fisit to Guatemala.

Fiona Thomson is pictured with honey producer Guillermo Perez during her recent fisit to Guatemala.

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THE LATEST Fairtrade Town leaflet for Montrose may be newly printed, but a copy has already made its way to Guatemala.

It was taken there during Fairtrade Fortnight by globe-trotting former Review reporter Fiona Thomson, who now works for the charity Traidcraft, during a visit to Fairtrade honey producer CIPAC.

The bee keepers, who supply Traidcraft, are based high in the mountains and selling Fairtrade honey provides them with valuable income in an area where work opportunities are scarce.

An agreed premium is paid on top of the agreed Fairtrade price for investment in social, environmental or economic development projects, which farmers’ organisations or plantation workers decide on democratically.

Fiona said: “I took the Montrose leaflet with me when I visited Guillermo Perez and his family and he was very interested to learn how the town is encouraging people and organisations to buy Fairtrade products.

“The Fairtrade premium has helped the bee keepers to buy some land which they will use to build a honey collection centre, complete with filtering and storage facilities.

“This will make a really big difference to those who live in very remote areas and is something that it would be hard for the co-operative to provide otherwise.

“Buying a jar of Traidcraft honey might seem like a small action, but each time we add a Fairtrade product to our shopping basket we are helping producers like Guillermo to improve their lives and provide for their families.”

After seeing the Montrose leaflet, Guillermo said: “It is an excellent idea and hopefully you will achieve a lot.

“We are very grateful when you buy our honey.

“We get a Fairtrade price for it and it is first-class honey.”