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CBN to Disburse N 75 Billion in Lending for Agricultural Sector

By on March 6, 2012

Nigeria’s apex bank, the CBN, has injected N 75 billion facility into the agricultural sector of the economy. This is in a bid to diversify the country away from its dependence on oil income and support local farmers whilst also strengthening the agricultural sector of the economy.

The facility will be passed on to financial institutions who are expected to disburse the money a low-interest loans to farmers’ cooperatives’.

The Head, Project Implementation of Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NISRAL),of the CBN, Mr. Jude Uzonwanne speaking on NISRAL to the News Agency of Nigeria stated that the scheme was a Public/Private Partnership between the federal government and banks to provide loans to the agricultural sector.

He said, “The Federal Ministry of Agriculture is also helping drive the re-construction of value change and where we can, we support that because our role is more all less to act as the lender to lenders. So in order for us to do that comfortably, we have provided technical assistance to ensure that people can get the goods to markets, that buyers of goods are organised, so we don’t want farmers producing six million tonnes of tomatoes and there is no buyer for it.

“If we can work with tomatoes processors to create paste factories or with rice millers to create rice mills, that becomes part of our responsibility in joint partnership with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. We are trying to move away from an era in which people saw government assistance to agriculture as their piece of the national cake and they didn’t pay back loans, we know people who still owe Federal Government money, we want to move away from that.”

 

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