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CBN releases N35.9b for agric credit scheme in Kebbi, other states

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released N35.9 billion for 166 projects under the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme.

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele disclosed this at a meeting with vice chancellors of University-based Poultry Revival Programme in Abuja yesterday.

Emefiele, who spoke through the CBN Deputy Governor on Economic Policy, Okwu Nnanna, said the apex bank’s interventions such as the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme and the Real Sector Support Facility had addressed the problem faced appreciably.

He said N507 million was also released to 433 farmers and another N238 million to 112 projects under Agri-Business Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme.

Emefiele said apart from these interventions, CBN had recently financed the pioneer egg-powder production company in the country with N2 billion under the Differentiated Cash Reserve Requirement-Real Sector Support Facility (DCRR-RSSF) window.

Speaking on the poultry revival programme, he said: “We have asked for information on the capacity of institutions and companies’ poultry pens, hatcheries, feed mills, size of crop farm and number of tractors for grains production.

“Others are commercially viable and bankable business plan; including processing facility as well as any other information that would enrich your participation in the programme.

“We rely on the University based poultry production model because you have the existing Infrastructure, experience and human assets to enable production at reduced cost and in a competitive manner.

“Let me emphasise that we have structured this programme to ensure that they can be accessed by those who need them the most and are ready to operate their facilities in a commercially viable manner.

“This programme is directly in conformity with our resolve to diversify the economy, be catalyst for job creation and inclusive economic growth. While these are our ultimate goals, our main intermediate objective is to ensure that poultry production is increased as well as end the smuggling of poultry products into the country.

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