About 14,000 rice farmers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are to benefit from farm inputs worth billions of naira during this year’s dry season farming.
The chairman of the FCT chapter of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) ,Abubakar Dahiru Zuba, who disclosed this to newsmen during a town hall meeting in Gwagwalada, at the weekend, said the farm inputs to be distributed to the farmers include:,sprayers, tractors, fertilizer, chemicals, water pump machines and assorted farm seedlings.
Zuba maintained that since the introduction of anchor borrowers scheme, by the federal government, rice farmers in the FCT have been benefiting from the scheme, adding that the farm inputs would be given to the rice farmers are zero cash scheme.
“Like the one we will be distributing to rice farmers for this year’s dry season farming, we call it ‘zero cash’ loan’ whereby after farming, such farmer will pay in three installments, “ he said.
He explained further that each of the rice farmers would give back between 30 to 40 and 60 per cent of his contribution after harvest, saying such loans depends on hectares of land, a farmer was going to cultivate.
The RIFAN chairman commended the APC-led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for identifying with the farmers in the FCT.
Also speaking, the coordinator of RIFAN Cooperatives Society in the FCT, Mr. Iye Solomon, said that since over 100 members of the association joined RIFAN, their lives have improved tremendously, adding however that access to farm land has always been a major challenge facing some members of the cooperatives.
He said the association gave farm lands, fertilizers, chemicals and water pump to members of the cooperative at Pandagi village in Abaji area council, which he noted contributed to bumper harvest last year.
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