The Director of Senegal’s National Federation of Cotton Producers highlighted his work defending the interests of 80,000 cotton farmers in his country to Fairtrade supporters in Carrick-on-Suir during Fairtrade Fortnight, which ended last Sunday. Speaking mostly in French, Boune Bousso addressed the local launch of the Fairtrade Fortnight photographic exhibition at Carrick-on-Suir Library.
Bousso is responsible for research, development and agricultural advice in the fields of production and marketing in the Federation of Cotton Producers. He helps farmers obtain access to credit as well as defending their interests.
The Fairtrade Fortnight was officially launched by Melanie Drew, Project Manager Fairtrade Ireland, who listed some of the products harvested in Senegal. She explained how the farmers are not being paid adequately for their labour; and how Fairtrade, Ireland is trying to change the situation.
Melanie has visited Senegal and Ghana, and since Fairtrade Ireland has become involved she says chemicals are not used in the production and farmers are better rewarded for their toil. Fairtrade has improved facilities for the communities by building schools, furnishing them and providing books for the students.
Anne Catherine Kane, who provides advisory services, training and information to farmers in Senegal thanked Fairtrade Ireland for improving facilities in the under developed counties and farmers in these countries now have a direct link with Fairtrade Ireland.
Carrick-on-Suir Fairtrade Committee member Pauline Fitzgerald welcomed the large attendance at the launch event including students from Carrick-on-Suir Gaelscoil with their teacher Martin O’Riordan.