Rice farmers in Jega Local Government Area of Kebbi State have commended the federal government for its agricultural initiatives, especially the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP).
The rice farmers noted that under the programme, many farmers in the rural areas were able to access farm inputs easily, adding that the feat had led to an increase in rice production in the State.
Speaking with LEADERSHIP on phone, a rice farmer, Sabi Musa described the ABP as a life-saving programme, considering the millions of farmers who were participating in the programme nationwide.
Musa noted that the programme had created some wealthy farmers, adding that rice farmers would continue to support the government’s efforts to make Nigeria to attain food security.
He said that more than 10,000 farmers in Jega had benefited from the supply of agricultural inputs under the programme.
He also said that each farmer was provided with bags of fertilisers as well as insecticides, herbicides, sprayers, seedlings and water pumping machines.
Another rice farmer in Jega, Aminu Ibrahim, said that 295 rice farmers were registered under the first phase of the programme in the last dry season farming, stressing that loan repayment had reached 40 per cent.
He explained that 115 farmers were registered during the last wet season farming and the beneficiaries were given assorted agricultural inputs.
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