Nigeria: Bauchi – 20,000 Rice Farmers Benefit From CBN Anchor Borrowers Programme

No fewer than 20,000 rice farmers have benefited from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Programme in Bauchi State.

Dr Yahaya Adamu, the State Chairman Rice Farmer Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), disclosed this at the CBN fair for promoting financial stability and economic development on Monday in Bauchi.

He said that 20,000 farmers benefited from farm inputs under the scheme as part of the empowerment programme for farmers in the state.

Adamu said that the inputs included assorted fertiliser, pesticides, high-yield seeds as well as technical know-how to operate in farms.

“With the Initiative of anchor borrowers’ programme, rice farmers have been encouraged to bridge the deficit in rice farming in the country.

“Rice farming received a boost across all the states in the country by supplying rice to milers in pyramids.

“Very soon rice farmers would begin to export the commodity to other countries of the world,” he said

The RIFAN chairman said that rice farmers have changed the old model of farming to business oriented farming because of the large hectares of farm land acquired through the anchor borrowers scheme.

Adamu commended the Federal Government for initiating the scheme to support not only RIFAN but all farmers across the states.

In his remarks, Mr Osita Nwanisobi, CBN Fair Team Lead, Director, Corporate Communication Department, said the objective of the fair was to create awareness on promoting financial stability and economic development.