Farmer talks of Fairtrade

Caribbean banana farmer, Moses Renee visited Wirksworth Junior School to explain the importance of Fair Trade. With year six pipils sophie Horobin, Billy Rowlatt, Michael Wright, Lweis Wells, Elise Charlton and Jasmine Millward.
Caribbean banana farmer, Moses Renee visited Wirksworth Junior School to explain the importance of Fair Trade. With year six pipils sophie Horobin, Billy Rowlatt, Michael Wright, Lweis Wells, Elise Charlton and Jasmine Millward.

HOLIDAYS may be synonymous with the Caribbean, but it was the work carried out there that formed the basis of a recent schools visit.

St Lucia banana farmer, Moses Renee, dropped in to Wirksworth’s junior and infant schools, and Anthony Gell School, to explain the importance of Fairtrade and how it benefits his livelihood.

It formed part of the Fairtrade Fortnight in the town which encourages people to buy the brand products, which guarantee a reasonable profit for farmers growing them. Fairtrade items include bananas, coffee and tea.

Moses has been deeply involved in his local Fairtrade farmers group in St Lucia, serving as both president and vice-president over the last four years.

Chair of Wirksworth Fairtrade group, Sue Stockwell said: “The children were very interested, they asked him some really good questions. He certainly raised awareness with both teachers and pupils. He was overwhelmed how hard people work/volunteer over here to support Fairtrade.”