1,500 rice farmers benefit from anchor borrowers scheme in Daura

No fewer than 1,500 rice farmers in Daura, Katsina State, have received various farming implements under the phase 11 of the Central Bank of Nigeria Anchor Borrowers Scheme, an official has confirmed.
Nura Baure, Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Daura chapter, who disclosed this, in Daura, on Thursday, during the distribution of the farming implements to registered farmers, said that each farmer had received two bags of fertilisers, two bottles of herbicides and a water pumping machine.
Also given to the farmers, he said, were a bag of improved seedlings, two liters of liquid fertiliser and a bag of organic fertiliser.
He put the monetary value of the implements at N275,000 per beneficiary which would be repaid within one year.
“The loan repayment must be in bags of paddy rice, not cash,” he explained.
Baure warned the farmers against diverting the implements or defaulting in repayment, saying that a mobile court had been established to try defaulters.
He said that the scheme was aimed at promoting mass production of rice, through a revolving loan procedure, so as to empower millions of farmers in line with the objectives of the anchor borrowers programme.
In his remarks, the state chairman of RIFAN, Shuaibu Wakili, assured the beneficiaries that those who paid their loan would be reconsidered without delay.
He said that 18,000 farmers across the 34 local government areas of the state were expected to benefit.
Wakili said that the programme was being funded by the federal government and facilitated by the CBN, Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Agricultural Insurance and Co-operative Bank.
He lauded the efforts of the Katsina Sate Government in facilitating the implementation of the programme, especially during the farmland mapping out survey and the bank processes.
Idris Mohammed, a beneficiary, commended the federal government for the programme and promised that repayment would not be a problem.

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