From Osakhare Erese Asaba
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in continuation of the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers Programme, two councils in Delta State have been empowered to engage in large scale cultivation of maize.
With a total of 2, 000 farmers trained and empowered, the CBN empowerment would reduced to the lowest ebb unemployment in the two councils, Ethiope East, and Ethiope West.
Speaking to journalists in Oghara community, the coordinator of the CBN Anchor Borrower prgramme, Mrs. Stella Jagbadi said that the empowerment in partnership with the Nigeria Incentive Based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture (NIRSAL) was designed for the 2, 000 farmers who cultivate 1, 545 hectares of land in Ethiope West and East Local Government areas of the state in maize farming.
Noting that federal government was committed to alleviating the suffering of Nigerians, especially with the growing rate of unemployment, Mrs. Jagbadi disclosed that each beneficiary was entitled to three hectres of land for cultivation of maize, and will get sum of N200, 000 and N300, 000 after the product had been sold to the takeoff buyers, flour mill.
She urged the farmers to be dedicated, and take advantage of the opportunity to break the jinx of poverty that have bedeviling the less privileged ones over the years.
A beneficiary, Godwin Akpovie commended the CBN/NIRSAL for considering him worthy to be assisted, adding that he will make judicial use of the fund.