CBN Anchor Borrowers: RIFAN Distributes Inputs To 227 Farmers

….. In Bayelsa

The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Bayelsa State Chapter, on

Thursday started the distribution of farm inputs to 227 of its members

on the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) meant to empower farmers in the country.

 

Chairman, of RIFAN, Bayelsa State, Mr Ezikiel Ogbianko, gave the figure at

the begining of the wet season farming in Yenagoa.

 

Ogbianko noted that the inputs included 1, 200 bags of NPK (rice

blend, fertiliser); 64 cartons of pesticide (Force-up) of different

products.

 

He, however, commended the Federal Government for initiating the ABP

to support not only the RIFAN members, but all the farmers in the

country.

 

“We have gathered here today for the distribution of CBN inputs to

farmers, and to flag-off wet season farming in the state.

 

“We have acquired 5, 000 hectares of land across the eight local

government areas in the state; we are done with the dry season,

though, we are still waiting for the harvest.

 

“I urge the farmers not to be discouraged; work harder for us to

achieve sufficient rice for the people in the state and the nation at

large,” the chairman said.

Mr Ezombode Stanley, Principal Manager, CBN, Bayelsa Office, urged the

farmers to make good use of the inputs and pledged to support them for

a successful farming season.

 

Ezombode, represented by Mr Emelo Christian, an officer of the apex

bank in the state, said that farming was important to the economic

growth of the country.

 

“I urge you to continue to support the CBN Anchor Borrowers Programme,

and I believe that sufficient rice will be available not only in

Bayelsa but Nigeria at large,” he said.

 

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Pere Eteku expressed the

farmers’ gratitude for being part of the programme.

 

He said that the inputs would be utilised for the purpose for which

they were meant.

 

The Programme, which was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR)

on Nov. 17, 2015, was intended to create a linkage between anchor

companies involved in the processing and small holder farmers (SHFs)

of the required key agricultural commodities.

 

The programme thrust of the ABP is provision of farm inputs in kind

and cash(for farm labour) to small holder farmers to boost production

of these commodities, stabilise inputs supply to agro processors and

address the country’s negative balance of payments on food.