Banana and other fruit producers from Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast have called for urgent government aid to enable them fight what they claim to be unfair competition they face from the international giants.
After presenting the problems to the government of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, last week, it was the turn for them to lay their petition to Cameroonian authorities. They therefore where granted audiences by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Gabriel Mbairobe Mbaraga and Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute.
African banana producers are hurting by a lack of money to pay the minimum wage to their workers as required by international law. Their inability to meet standards of operations as prescribed under the global Green Deal agreement, meet the requirements of equitable pay for work done as prescribed by Fair Trade advocates, among other unfair practices.