FOLLOWING a successful Fairtrade Fortnight, Llanelli has officially become a ‘Fairtrade zone’ for the first time ever. The announcement was officially made at Llanelli & District Fairtrade’s AGM on Wednesday (16th May) in Llanerch Community Hall.
Tara Fisher, Secretary of Llanelli Fairtrade, said: “I’m delighted that our application for Llanelli to become a Fairtrade zone has been successful. Over the last few months and years, we have been working hard to raise the profile of Fairtrade in Llanelli and encourage people to think about choosing fair trade products when shopping.
“Whilst achieving Fairtrade status is significant achievement, retaining it won’t be easy. We need as many people as possible to help promote fair trade in Llanelli, so please do contact me if you’re interested in getting involved.”
Ms Fisher presented a copy of the ‘Fairtrade zone’ certificate to the Llanelli’s MP and AM – Nia Griffith and Lee Waters – who are now displaying it in their constituency offices.
Nia Griffith MP said: “I would like to pay tribute to Tara for the amazing work she has done to promote fair trade in Llanelli. Thanks to her efforts, and the work of other campaigners, this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight was one of the best we’ve ever had and Llanelli is now a Fairtrade zone.
“We must ensure that Llanelli can retain Fairtrade status, so let’s now redouble our efforts and try to engage more of the local community with Fairtrade.”
Lee Waters AM added: “It’s fantastic to see Llanelli become a Fairtrade zone. This is a significant achievement, and I’m grateful for the work Tara has done to make it happen.
“Buying Fairtrade goods makes a big difference to supporting farmers and workers in developing countries to become independent, to receive a secure income and to be less vulnerable to poverty.”
Aileen Burmeister, National Coordinator at Fair Trade Wales said: “We believe that it is a scandal in 2018 that millions of farmers and workers around the world who produce our favourite products have trouble making a living.
“Simple choices like our cup of tea or coffee can make things better. With the help of Fairtrade, millions of farmers and workers can pull themselves out of poverty and transform their communities.”