By Polycarp Auta Jos, Feb. 14, 2019 (NNN) CBN says 5, 814 rice farmers have been presented with various farm inputs under the Anchor Borrower programme of the Federal Government for the 2019 dry season rice farming in Plateau.
Mrs Helen Temsten, the Head, Development Finance Office (DFO) in the Jos office of the CBN, said this while presenting the inputs to the beneficiaries on Thursday in Jos.
According to Temsten, the gesture is aimed at boosting rice production in the state.
She said that the programme, which was brain of the CBN was for promoting the production and consumption of locally produced goods.
“A lot of goods that can be produce locally in Nigeria are being imported into the country and that has negatively affected our economy.
“So, the CBN thought it wise to develop a programme that will support farmers and boost local production and consumption as well as reduce importation.
“For this year’s dry season farming season, 5, 814 farmers will benefit from the programme,’’ she said.
She said that 612 farmers had benefitted from the prgramme for 2018 dry season farming and 5,388 farmers benefitted for the same year’s wet season.
Temsten said that the programme was a single digit loan granted to farmers payable after 18 months from the date of collection.
She urged the beneficiaries to put what was given them into good use and warned against defaulting.
Dr Hosea Finangwai, the Plateau Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural development, commended the Federal Government for the prgramme, adding that it would go a long way in boosting rice production in the country.
“With the efforts put in place to support rice farmers in the country, by 2020 we shall hit a production level of 10 million metric tonnes and that will totally end importation in the country,” he said.
Finangwai called on the beneficiaries to put the gesture into good use to boost rice production in the state and country at large.
Earlier, Mr Joshua Bitrus, the Chairman of Rice Farmers Association (RIFAN) thanked government for the gesture and assured that the association would ensure timely payment of the loan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that some of the items presented were fertilisers, pumping machines, chemicals among others. (NNN)
Edited by Grace Yussuf