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Crisis prevents new sales record for Fairtrade products

"We had to cut production to just 30 percent"

Mary Kinyua is currently struggling with massive problems. She is Labour Director of the Oserian flower farm on Lake Naivasha, some 130 kilometres northwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Normally, the farm with its 7,000 employees delivers roses and flowers on a large scale with the Fairtrade seal to Germany. But according to The Swabian Post, the Corona pandemic has brought business almost to a standstill. "Because of Mother's Day, we have a few more orders," she reported on Thursday via video link at the annual press conference of Fairtrade Germany from Kenya.

"We had to cut production down to just 30 percent, only working with 35 percent of our staff", says Kinyua, who is also the CEO of Fairtrade Africa. Masses of roses and flowers have to be thrown away. All employees who are still working wear masks, and strict hygiene regulations apply. There is food for the children because the schools are closed. "We have to keep the supply chains running and make transport possible", says Kinyua. "Fair trade is extremely important for us right now."

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