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Apr 15, 2015

What Became of the Fairtrade Issue and B.S.C.F.A.?

Ezequiel Cansino

When the crop got underway very late in January, the B.S.C.F.A. which controls a majority of growers, was in crisis mode. On two separate occasions, farmers at the general assembly had passed resolutions to pay themselves millions in Fairtrade funds – monies allocated for project. Back then Fairtrade had even issued a letter of caution to the B.S.C.F.A. which was cause for grave concern. But those tempestuous waters seemed to have calmed somewhat and at least at the B.S.C.F.A., life goes on.

 

Ezequiel Cansino, Chairman, Council of Management, B.S.C.F.A.

“On the administration side we are doing okay. We have been working with the amount of money that we stayed with and the main project that we are doing right now is the child labour project. We are working hard on that, and we are trying to get to other branches because the pilot project is only in two branches. Right now it’s Yo Creek and San Victor, and we are trying our best to extend it to all the branches so as to mitigate the problem with child labour.”

 

Reporter

“At this point what’s the relationship with Fairtrade or the outlook with Fairtrade?”

 

Ezequiel Cansino

“Well up to now, we are still in contact and still certified. We are waiting for an audit in early June and I think that we will still be certified for a long time.”

 

Reporter

“So there hasn’t been any other threat or warning of any sanction?”

 

Ezequiel Cansino

“Not yet…not yet. And even today as we speak we have visitors from U.S.A. Fairtrade that are here visiting our projects and all the projects that we have done with Fairtrade money. So they are here because we are expecting that they will be buying from us this year or the next year to come.”

 

Fairtrade accounts for millions of dollars to the B.S.C.F.A. every year – money which is used for various projects to benefit the farmers and the industry.

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