89 women benefit from Anchor Borrower Programme in Daura – Chairman
Alhaji Nura Baure, the Chairman, Rice Farmers Association says more than 89 women farmers have benefited from agricultural loan facility under the Anchor Borrowers Programme in Daura zone of Katsina State.
Baure, who is also the Zonal Coordinator of the programme, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Daura on Thursday that the women were registered as rice and wheat farmers.
Baure said that the women were given farming implements that include seedlings, water pumping machines, herbicides and the liquid fertilisers.
“We supplied them with four litres each of liquid NPK fertiliser and three litres of micro nutrient urea fertiliser,’’ the coordinator said.
He appealed to the Bank of Agriculture to hasten the release of the second batch of the registered farmers to enable them begin cultivation soonest.
“I appeal to those whose names did not make the first list of beneficiaries to exercise patience as efforts were being made to resolve the problem.’’
Baure said that out of the 89 beneficiaries, 53 were from Daura, two from Baure town, two from Zango, three from Sandamu and 29 from Dutsi local government areas.
Mr Aliyu Mani, an Agricultural Extension Officer in the area told NAN that he supervised the implementation of the programme and guided the farmers on modern farming techniques for bumper harvest.
He said that he had so far supervised 30 hectres of farmlands in Daura local government area and the yield was encouraging, adding “we are expecting bumper harvest’’.
Hajiya Zainab Daura, a beneficiary, who cultivates two hectres of grains per season, commended the Federal Government for introducing the programme.
She advised women to key into the programme, saying “I am 58 years old but I struggle to fend for myself by engaging in farming even before the advent of the anchor borrower programme.
“I produce hundreds of bags of rice, groundnut, sorghum and beans and I have been catering for my children through farming since when I lost their father many years back.’’
A total of 1,092 farmers in Daura zone had benefited from the Federal Government programme, but registration of interested farmers continues.
The Anchor Borrowers’ Programme is an initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) aimed at creating an ecosystem to link out-growers (small holders’ farmers) to local processors.
President Muhammadu Buahri launched the initiative during the flag-off of the 2015 dry season farming in Birnin-Kebbi on Nov. 17, 2015.
Under the programme, the CBN set aside N40 billion from the N220 billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises development fund for farmers at a single-digit interest of nine per cent.