The project monitoring team of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Anchor Borrowers Program led by the Chairman Mr. Mathew Badaiki, has distributed 60kg rice seedlings, herbicide and 60 cartons of fertilizers to ALFIOGUS Rice Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society in Irri Avaira, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.
While handling the inputs to the farmers, the Chairman, Mr Badaiki explained that CBN Anchor programme is an upgraded system of assisting and supporting farmers to boost the agricultural system which has been neglected in the country adding that it is no longer the usual hand to mouth system of farming.
According to him, “farming is the only means to boost and enhance the economy system in the country, it cannot be neglected, we cannot run away from farming nobody can do without food, this is your morning wake up and embrace anchor. Anchor is meant for small Petty farmers, Initially farmers connive with input supplies to share loans which are meant to be paid and CBN decided to review the process, the whole essence of the verification exercise is to ensure that the real farmers benefits, the bad eggs must not corrupt the good eggs we needed to profile and verify the farmers we will deal with. The opportunity is here embrace it”.
Meanwhile the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Austin Chikezie, who is also a member of the team, in his goodwill message, said that the ABP started all like a child’s play which has tuned into reality.
Chikezie urged the farmers to key into the programme as government fully involved, noting that the state government was doing everything humanly possible to ensure that the Programme becomes a success in the state, “the Anchor Borrowers program is a unique and genuine program and government is passionate and committed to it”.
SOURCE: The Nigerian Voice (local news)