From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
At least, 644 farmers in Delta state on Tuesday received agricultural inputs from the Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) Anchor Borrowers’ programme ( ABP) to boost local production of maize in the state.
At the ceremony conducted by the Maize Growers Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria ( MAGPAMAN), the farmers received improved seedlings, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, harvest- bags and fertilizers.
Speaking at the ceremony, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Julius Egbedi said “Delta state is totally in support of farming and similar ventures that are capable of improving the livelihood and income of the farmers.
But the state Chairman of MAGPAMAN, Dr oghenesuwe Okpara said that the Anchor Borrowers’ programme of the CBN was conceived to encourage food security, adding that the inputs would be utilized for the desired results.
He said” our area of coverage in the state include 35 hectres of land in Ubulu Uku, Ubulu Okiti, 600 hectres of land in Abraka, 100 hectres of land in Sapele and 30 hectres of land in Asaba.”
The Head, Development and Finance Office of CBN ( Asaba) Mr Elias Nworie explained that if Delta state performed well this season, the bank would commit more resources for the expansion of the scheme, adding” this project is primarily Commissioned to ensure food security and empower small holder farmers to do more and earn more income at the end.
Meanwhile, the Delta state House of Assembly has directed the State Ministry of Land and Surveys to pay the sum of N1million as compensation to one Mr Edwin Adjeke for the damage done to his property and injuries inflicted on him and his son.