Fairtrade award

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Fairtrade champion, Colin Smyth, has welcomed the announcement that Dumfries will be declared a Fairtrade town this weekend.

Reacting to the announcement, Councillor Smyth said: “This is fantastic news and a real credit to the hard work and dedication of the Dumfries Fairtrade group. I know the huge amount of effort they have put into this achievement over many, many months and it’s great to see it has paid off. It is not just great news for Dumfries, but now our regional capital is a Fairtrade town, it is a massive step forward in achieving Fairtrade status for the whole region.

“Being declared a Fairtrade town is so much more than just a label: it sends a message that people in Dumfries are determined to do their bit to try to put an end to the desperate poverty that still plagues too many countries. It’s about making sure that companies pay sustainable prices so that the farmers and produces aren’t ripped off. A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work is a principle as important here in Dumfries as it is in Africa, Latin America and all over the world.”