Commissioner Ministry of Agriculture Adamawa State Hon. Haruna Waziri Ahmadu has said that about 27,500 out of a number of farmers that applied for loan from Anchor borrowers programme under his ministry have been screened and safe for farmers to benefit from it.
This is coming even as a cross section of farmers in the state have expressed disappointed over the delay in the disbursement of the facility, insisting that no single applicant has received the facility since the scheme was launched in June, last year by the Federal Government.
The Commissioner who stated this in a chat with the scope in his office during the week disclosed that 27,500 out of a numbers of farmers that applied for the loan have been screened and now waiting to access the facility, saying that the remaining applicants would be screened to ascertain their eligibility to access the loan.
According to him, 18,000 farmers who had earlier applied through his ministry had been considered and 9,000 farmers who forwarded their applications through the Bank of agriculture had also been screened and now awaiting for the disbursement of the facility.
He added that following the observation of Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla, on low participation of farmers in the programme in the state, his ministry has received a lot of applications from prospective farmers to access the loan to kick start dry season farming.
He explained that applicants who were considered were mostly rice farmers and assumed that they would soon access the loan to start up their dry season farming activities in all the 5 clusters, adding that new clusters are being sort for in some suitable rice production pointing out that only few out of a number of farmers are maize and wheat producers noting that registration of new applicants are still ongoing so as to created more rooms for these who do not apply to be able to do so in order to get a large number of farmers participating in the programme.
Hon. Waziri Ahmadu assured farmers in the state that the loan would be disbursed on first come, first serve basis and urged prospective beneficiaries of the loan to make good use of it by channeling it to the appropriate ways, in order to benefit from it at the end of the day.
He expressed gratitude to God Almighty and the Adamawa State Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla for quick interventions against the invasion of locust and quela birds in the state.
Earlier, some farmers in the state lamented the delay on the disbursement of the Agric loan, saying that dry season farming activities normally do start by end of September.
One of the farmers in the state capital Salihu Usman expressed dismay over the unnecessary delay by the authorities concerned and urged all those involved in the excise to expedite action to enable them start their business as usual.
– The Scope News online