Colom­bian farm­ers visit

The Galloway News - - GALLOWAY VIEW -

A group of Colom­bian farm­ers were spe­cial guests at Cream O’Gal­loway re­cently.

The visit was set up by Ru­tie Ballestas, who runs Fruto del Espir­itu – a com­pany which en­cour­ages farm­ers in Colom­bia to grow fruit in­stead of drugs.

Cream O’Gal­loway was the first com­pany to buy pure fruit juice from the com­pany, which it turns into mora sor­bet us­ing puree of black­ber­ries from the An­des moun­tains.

Ru­tie, who is the niece of Borgue res­i­dent El­iz­a­beth brown, or­gan­ised the event called Sow­ing Peace in Columbia – From Drugs to Fruit – so that peo­ple in the Ste­wartry could find out more about the pro­ject.

The farm­ers wel­come groups of small­holder farm­ers from for­mer con­flict re­gions rife with il­licit crops, teach­ing them good agri­cul­tural prac­tices for le­gal crops.

The group was also vis­it­ing other parts of Scot­land dur­ing the­visit.

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