September 24, 2018 | Leave a comment As you may have heard, Traidcraft plc, expect to cease trading at the end of the year. They have been trading at a loss for a number of years: their situation was exacerbated by the significant fall in the value of the sterling against the dollar immediately after the result of the “Brexit” vote was announced when they were due to pay their producers in dollars. Continued uncertainty arising from the Brexit negotiations and the difficult retail market experienced by many other companies has also contributed to their problems. Traidcraft Exchange, the charitable wing of the company will continue to exist and work with their producers – mainly in Africa and Asia – helping them to find alternative markets for their goods. Meantime, Judith Mylne, who has the monthly Fair Trade stall at St John’s Church, Dumfries, has LOTS of Traidcraft goods for sale and the new Autumn catalogue has just arrived. Let’s help Traidcraft plc to have a really successful Autumn season. If you’d like a copy of the catalogue please contact us (dumfriesfairtradeATyahooDOTorgDOTuk) and Judith will get one to you. There are many beautiful, high quality items produced by skilled crafts people. Alternatively you can find the range online here https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/ Foods sold by Judith and obtained from Just Trading Scotland and Premcrest, particularly Kilombero Rice and Eswatini Preserves, will still be available. So please do keep supporting the Fair Trade Stall at St John’s Church – next Stall 7th October – and at the Fairer World Fair on 10th November. On a brighter note, at the recent Scottish Fair Trade Forum Conference held in Dumfries, two of the Kilombero Rice Farmers were present. Webster Kita on his first trip to Britain and, for the first time addressing a meeting in English spoke movingly of his gratitude for all the support given by people in Scotland, including the Government, which has enabled the Rice Farmers in Karonga to improve their farming practice, increase their productivity, enhance their lives, educate more of their children and generally have a brighter future. Above all he asked, Please Keep Buying our Rice. Kilombero Rice is always available at St John’s and now also from the Dumfries Larder(on Dumfries High St, opposite Debenham’s) and from Loch Arthur Farm Shop in Beeswing.