50,000 Farmers In Zamfara To Benefit From CBN Agric Loan – Commissioner

Over 50,000 farmers in Zamfara state are expected to benefit from the Anchor Borrower’s loan programme introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).



Hajiya Fatima Shinkafi, the Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, made the disclosure on Friday in Gusau in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).



She said that the Anchor borrower’s programme was introduced by the federal government through the CBN in collaboration with state governments to assist Nigerians farmers boost food production.



“The programme was launched by Mr President in Kebbi state in November last year. It is aimed at assisting farmers engaged in the production of rice, cotton, wheat, tomatoes palm oil and fish farming.

The farmers will be given loan to purchase agricultural inputs such as improved seeds, fertilizers, pumping machines among others to improve productivity,’’ she said.



Shinkafi said that the state government had commenced the training of 1,000 agricultural extension workers who would train the farmers on how to judiciously utilise the loan.



According to the Commissioner, the training is in line with the efforts of the government to ensure effective implementation of the programme in the state.



She called on farmers, extension workers and other stakeholders to ensure the success of the programme in the state.




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