By Michael Shawon

The Nigerian Incentive Based Risk Sharing
System for Agricultural Lending (NISAL), in collaboration with Central Bank of
Nigeria on 23rd July 2019, flagged off its Anchor Borrower Program in Taraku,
Gwer East Local Government of Benue State. The program which is the pilot
scheme is situated in Taraku and has enlisted about 10,000 Farmers across the State.

Inaugurating the project in the
State, the Benue State Governor, who was represented by his Chief-of-Staff Hon.
Terwase Orbunde, charged farmers to put the seedlings & chemicals to
effective use.

Responding, the team leader Dr. Victor Ikeme affirmed that the project was aimed at making available credit to small scale farmers so as to help them have higher yield and earn more from agriculture. He further urged farmers to get enrolled so as to access the Agricultural funds domiciled with the CBN.

The main requirement to be enrolled
on the program according to the Team Leader is to get aggregated, then, land
& tractors shall be provided for a cluster location of not less than fifty
(50) hectares. The NISAL led Anchor program is replicated in Kwara, Benue,
Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau and the Federal Capital Territory.

High Point of the occasion was the
planting of the soya beans seedlings led by NISAL Officials, which was followed
by Assembly Member Gwer-East Hon. Geoffrey Agbatse, that of Ushongo, Hon. Abbas
Akoso, traditional rulers as well as the official banker of the project, United
Bank for Africa (UBA).

From Left to Right: Hon. Thomas Mlanga (Chief Whip), Hon. Terwase Orbunde (Chief of Staff), Hon. Geoffrey Agbatse (Member, Gwer-East), Hon. Abbas Akoso (Member, Ushongo).

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