ASHBOURNE’S Fairtrade group were handing out free bananas to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight on Saturday in the Horse and Jockey Yard.
The bananas were all donated by Ashbourne’s supermarkets.
A spokesman for the group said: “Over the past 10 years, the typical price of a banana in the UK has nearly halved, whilst the cost of production has doubled.
“The problem is that supermarkets are selling bananas at unsustainable prices and squeezing the banana farmers in the developing world.
“Of course, similar things happen on many commodities, but there are few items in the supermarket which have halved in price in the past 10 years.
“We’re calling on the government to investigate the impact of unsustainable supermarket pricing practices and act to protect the millions of poor farmers and workers who grow the UK’s favourite fruit.
“People can do this by signing a petition saying that they want to Stick with Foncho, a banana farmer from Colombia who is part of a Fairtrade certified co-operative.
“Before Foncho’s co-operative was certified, he often struggled to make ends meet, now he receives a fair price for his bananas, which means he can afford to care for his family.
“We’re urging people to Stick with Foncho. In fact, that’s the name of the campaign – Stick with Foncho.”
Further information is available online at www.stickwithfoncho.co.uk