Consumers Coalition vegetables, fruits fair postponed to Sept. 7 | THE DAILY HERALD

PHILIPSBURG–The St. Maarten Consumers Coalition has postponed its fruits and vegetables fair to Saturday, September 7, as the container of goods has not yet arrived in the country.

The first sale was originally scheduled for August 31, at the WIFOL Building. The sale is part of the Coalition’s food and nutrition programme to help alleviate the burden on households by selling fruits, vegetables, provisions and other essentials to members of its affiliate organisations for 30 to 40 per cent less than what it costs in supermarkets.

The intention is to not just provide persons with affordable, healthy items, but to also prove that it is possible to sell these items at reasonable prices.

Coalition representative Alberto Bute said at a press conference on Thursday that the container with fruits, vegetables and provisions would arrive in St. Maarten next week.

Persons who can benefit from the fair include members of the unions affiliated with the Windward Islands Chamber of Labour Unions (WICLU); Workers Institute for Organised Labour (WIFOL); Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU); Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU); St. Maarten Communications Union (SMCU); Windward Islands Health Care Union Association (WIHCUA); police union NAPB; ABVO union; the St. Maarten Seniors and Pensioners Association (SMSPA) and organisations affiliated with the St. Maarten United NGO Federation SUNFED.

Consumers who want to become a member of any of these organisations, may also benefit when they register with same. Persons will be able to register with the Consumers Association to benefit from the programme.

The campaign will span a period of three months and the first sale on September 7, will represent the launch of the initiative. The initiative will be executed with the assistance of other stakeholders who will provide information and free testing to the members of the affiliated organisations who attend.

For the launch on September 7, fresh fruits and vegetables will be on sale at affordable prices for members of the organisations listed above, as well as for persons who sign up to become a member of any of the groups.

Source: The Daily Herald