Ellesmere Port and Neston Labour MP Andrew Miller has taken part in a Fairtrade Fortnight event at the House of Commons.

The aim of the event was to show support for the campaign to ‘Make Bananas Fair’.

He took the opportunity to meet Foncho, a banana farmer from Cienaga in Colombia, who is in the UK throughout Fairtrade Fortnight to make bananas big news, and to convince the Government to take action to help end unfair pricing by supermarkets.

Mr Miller said: “The UK eats more than five billion bananas a year and in the past 10 years, the UK supermarket sector has almost halved the shelf price of loose bananas while the cost of producing them has doubled.

“The resulting drop in export prices for bananas in producing countries means an ever-tightening squeeze on what producers earn for their bananas.

“This, combined with escalating production and living costs, means many farmers and workers’ standards of living have progressively worsened in the past decade.

“Hearing about the impact of Fairtrade and the need to make bananas fair, first hand from Foncho, was very powerful.

“I was happy to sign the pledge and support the ‘Make Bananas Fair’ campaign.”

More information about Fairtrade can be found at www.fairtrade.org.uk and foncho.fairtrade.org.uk.