As per recent information available, it has been reported that over 5, 000 registered rice farmers in Kogi State are to be benefitted from the Central Bank of Nigeria's (CBN) anchor borrower programme. In this regard, the State Chairman of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Mrs. Rabi Emaiku, made this known on Friday during a town hall meeting with Rice Value Chain Farmers and other stakeholders in Lokoja. It was narrated that over 5,000 farmers in the state registered and completed the necessary documentation required by the CBN to qualify them for the fund. Further, it was also urged the stakeholders to collaborate and ensure adequate rice production in the state. It was advised to the farmers in the state to make good use of the opportunity provided to them by the Federal Government through the CBN to boost rice production.
Furthermore, in this context, it was informed that our associations are ready to give our trust and support to the CBN, federal and state governments, and to all other stakeholders to ensure the success of the programme in the Kogi state, as it was stated by Mrs Emaiku. The chairman also commended the governor, Mr Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for his efforts and support to farmers in making the programme a reality. During the meeting, it was also explained by the State's Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Tim Diche, who represented the governor at the event, that the government was committed to food security. In this event, the CBN representative, Mr Idris Usman, who is the Head of Development Finance, Lokoja office, revealed that he was there to witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by all stakeholders for onward transmission to the CBN for implementation of the programme accordingly.