From: AgroNature Admin
Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) on Monday commenced registration of 2,000 large scale rice farmers in President Muhammadu Buhari local government area.
The project is being implemented under the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers’ Programme.
Chairman of the Association in Daura Local Government, Katsina State, Alh. Nura Baure in an interview in Daura explained that farmers would be provided with sufficient farming inputs including fertiliser, insecticides, water pumping machines, seedlings and cash, to ensure bumper harvest.
Baure said distribution of implements and disbursement of cash to the registered large scale farmers would begin by the end of February.
According to him, the association will be more meticulous in the registration of members in the council area, as only genuine farmers will be registered.
He said 300 women have been registered so far for the large scale farming programme, adding, the association “recorded significant improvement this time, as only 20 women keyed into the Small Scale Farming Borrowers’ Programme in 2017.”
Baure noted that 500 metric tons of rice was harvested in the last cropping season under the Small Scale ABP, adding that about 40 per cent of beneficiaries of first tranche disbursement under the small scale farming programme had repaid their loans.
The chairman lauded the Federal and Katsina State Governments, for awarding reconstruction and renovation of the Sabke Dam in Mai’ adua Local Government Area and that of Dabiram Dam in Daura Local Government.
The dam is expected to produce 31.6 million litres of water while Dabiram dam will have 15 million litres
1,500 farmers in the area benefited from the CBN Anchor Borrowers’ agricultural programme in 2017.