….. 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
He, however, commended the Federal Government for initiating the ABP
to support not only the RIFAN members, but all the farmers in the
“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.