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CBN’S RICE PROGRAMME STIMULATES ECONOMY, TO REACH 14 MORE STATES

Written By AGRICULTURAL GIST on Thursday, 21 July 2016 | Thursday, July 21, 2016

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             The plan by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to expand its Anchor borrower’s scheme to 14 states is seen by experts to stimulate the economy and lessen the N365bn annual rice import bill. The expansion of the scheme to 14 more states in the country comes against the backdrop of recent successes recorded by the Kebbi state government with its target of doing 1.5 million metric tonnes by 2018,and sustaining the livelihoods of 78 000 farmers who are captured in the scheme. The states in focus are Benue,Ebonyi,Cross -River, Kano,Niger,Katsina,Jigawa, Kaduna,Kogi,Kwara,Sokoto and Anambra. Jonathan Tobin, executive director at the Bank of Industry,(BOI) told Business- Day that the Federal Government’s plan of expanding the Anchor Borrower’s Scheme to 14 other states has the capacity to bounce back agricultural focused states, given the level of positive results currently being witnessed in the Kebbi state pilot scheme. “Kebbi is currently targeting 1.5 million metric tonnes of rice production by 2018. Imagine if we get the other 14 states on board, we could have up to 13 million metric tonnes of paddy rice which would make our journey to rice sufficiency easier, covering our metric tonnes domestic demand” The Anchor Borrower’s Scheme, it would be recalled was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari along- side Godwin Emefiele, the CBN governor and Audu Ogbeh on November 17 last year and is an agric financing model that creates an eco system to link out-growers (small holder farmers) to integrated rice mills. The Central Bank reserved N40 billion to provide single digit interest loans to rice and wheat farmers, as part of a government campaign to boost agriculture and reduce food imports, which weighs heavily on the local currency. Sources in the project management team of the anchor borrower’s scheme told BusinessDay that in the pilot scheme 78, 000 farmers have been trained on the practice with the CBN and Nigeria Incentive Risk Sharing for Agricultural Lending (NIR- SAL) are building capacity of farmers to launch them into agribusiness model. In response to the government’s pro - posed expansion, Tony Ejinkonye,the President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce told Business day that”There is no gain saying the fact that agriculture is the way out of the present economic woe that is con- fronting us at the moment. If the Central Bank extends its intervention to 14 other states as it plans to, I tell you convincingly that sufficient food production will pull down high inflationary rate that is currently affecting the price of agro-commodity products in the country, “Tony Ejinkonye, the President of Abuja Chamber of commerce told BusinessDay in a telephone conversation.

source Businessday
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