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Ugandan farmer welcomed by YFC

Created on 12/03/2019 @ 10:24
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Young farmers from across the area have welcomed Nimrod Wambette, a coffee farmer and the chairman of a Fairtrade coffee cooperative in Eastern Uganda.

Nimrod visited farms, schools and businesses across Mid Wales and the Shropshire Borders as a guest of Montgomery YFC, to highlight the importance of Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Montgomery YFC Project Manager, Ffion Storer Jones, who organised the visit, said: “The aim of this project was to provide an opportunity for young farmers, students and the wider community to discuss global issues relating to farming and food production.

“Agriculture is facing unprecedented challenges, and projects like this one are vital for opening up the discussion surrounding these issues and ensuring that the next generation of farmers and consumers are aware of them.”

During his visit, Nimrod visited Pontrobert and Meifod primary and Llanfyllin high schools, and also took part in panel discussions in Welshpool and Glantwymyn with representatives of Aberystwyth University, The Farmers Union of Wales, Wynnstay PLC, Cambrian Training and The Cooperative. He also visited a handful of dairy, beef and sheep farms.

Nimrod said: “Sheep and cattle farmers in mid Wales and coffee producers in Africa are facing many of the same challenges. These include low prices, access to markets, too little or too much legislation, and difficult working conditions.

“I received such a warm welcome by Montgomery YFC and their community. I hope that we can continue to stand in solidarity and call for fair prices and treatment for farmers and workers across the world.”

Ffion added: “Fairtrade Fortnight is a time when people across the UK celebrate the people who grow our food - often people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world.

“Through this project, we have been able to work in partnership with farmers in Wales and from Africa to highlight the need to be paying farmers everywhere a fair price for their work. After all, the food we eat depends on a farmer to produce it.”

PICTURE: Nimrod on a site visit with members of Llanfyllin YFC.
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