CAFAN urges FG to include fish production in Anchor Borrowers’ Programme

The Catfish Association of Nigeria (CAFAN) has appealed to the Federal Government to include fish production in the ongoing Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP).

Chief Tayo Akingbolagun, National President of the association, made the appeal on Tuesday during the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Benin.

Akingbolagun said some commodities were selected for the programme, adding that the aquaculture sub-sector (fish) was not included in the ongoing Anchor borrowers’ programme.

“The reason we are asking to be included in the scheme is because fish is a very peculiar product and should be treated as such.

“We, therefore, appeal to government to provide a forum where we can jointly rub minds, with a view to finding solutions to move the nation’s aquaculture sector forward,’’ he said.

According to him, “we are farmers, and can provide such vital information that will be useful for financial institutions in the country to be able to evolve a programme that will suit our industry’’.

The Anchor Borrowers’ Scheme is a programme initiated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to enhance Agricultural development in the country.

It is designed to enhance the growth of small-holder farmers and to specifically attract and empower the youths to take advantage of new opportunities in Agriculture, to grow the national economy.

The scheme was inaugurated on Nov. 17, 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

DUTSE:- FADAMA III an agricultural development project has supported and empowered 5,000 farmers in Jigawa state.

The National Project Coordinator, Mr Tayo Adewumi revealed this during a ceremony for the distribution of farm inputs to youth and women at Ringim local government area of the state.

He said under FADAMA III Additional Financing Programm women and youth registered under Sorghum cluster farming are given the farm inputs including milling machine, Tricycle, water pumps generator, fertilizer to improve their production capacity.

The Coordinator added that, Jigawa farmers under the FADAMA III project had added over 20,000metric tone of food in to national basket.

Mr Tayo explained that, the FaDAMA supported farmers in the state have the total 4,410 hecters registerd farm land and all are under full utilization.

His words:- "The modern farming techniques, improve seed and capacity building given to the registered farmers has revolutionized the practice and improve the farmers output significantly"

He then commended Jigawa state for releasing about N200 million counter part funding which makes the continuation of the programm possible and successfull.
Speaking at the occasion, the state governor Alhaji Badaru Abubakar has commended the FADAMA III for their immense contribution which is complementing the state government agricultural policy.

The governor who was represented by his deputy Barrister Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia reiterate the commitment of the state governor to give all nacessary support and corporation to all partners, programm, project indicate inerest to support Jigawa to move foward at all aspect.


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