FAIRTRADE Barry welcomed Ugandan coffee farmer, Jenipher Wettaka, to the town as part of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations.

Jenipher, who is part of a Fairtrade co-operative coffee producer on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Uganda, visited Ysgol Sant Baruc, Café No.5, in High Street and Hope Church in Cadoxton, speaking to different audiences about how coffee beans are grown and the role of Fairtrade.

Other events organised by the Fairtrade Barry committee included handing out Fairtrade bananas at the recent Barry Town versus Caernarfon Town match, and working with Morrison’s to highlight different Fairtrade products for sale, including coffee, chocolate, wine, bananas and tea.

Fairtrade Barry chairman, Cllr Ian Johnson said: “Barry is a Fairtrade town, and Wales a Fairtrade country.

“Having Jenipher Wettaka, a Ugandan coffee farmer, visit Barry and speak to community groups was a great education about the importance of Fairtrade to farmers in developing countries.

“Fairtrade Fortnight is a chance to show how we can use everyday products, such as coffee and chocolate, to promote a fairer world in which farmers are paid a living wage for their work.

“This year’s activities have seen many people involved, including a Fairtrade church service at Hope Church in Cadoxton, the former Cadoxton Methodist Church; a Fairtrade afternoon tea in Café No.5 on High Street, that’s part of ValePlus; Barry Town United and Morrison’s community team, and a special Fairtrade project by Year 6 at Ysgol Sant Baruc.

“On behalf of Fairtrade Barry, which is run by Barry Town Council, I’d like to thank everybody involved in organising the events, and promoting Fairtrade.”