OrderPaperToday– Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has met with officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), participating banks, farmers associations and other stakeholders in the sector, to ensure the smooth take off of the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers’ Scheme in the state.
Speaking during the meeting held at Government House Wednesday, Tambuwal said the state government has made concrete arrangements to actualize the programme by providing 50,000 bags of high yield rice seeds to be distributed to farmers across the state free of charge.
He added that the government has also procured 5000 pumping machines at the cost of N30,000 each to be sold to anchor farmers at the cost of N10,000 each.
Tambuwal noted the major problem of the farmers was low level of awareness and urged the participating entities to increase awareness among farmers on the benefits of the programme.
While urging officials of the anchor scheme to do their best to ensure success of the programme, Tambuwal appealed to the farmers to embrace new techniques of farming and cooperate with Anchor officials so as to achieve desired objectives.
“As banks, you have to make the processes of registration easy to comprehend especially for rural farmers. Banking guidelines are a bit complicated for the people, so you should put in machinery that will explain everything in details for them to understand,” he added.