From Mu’awuya Bala Idris, Katsina
Over 100,000 rice farmers in Katsina State have benefited from the Federal Government Anchor Borrower Programme.
The chairman, Rice Farmers Association, Alhaji Shu’aibu Wakili told newsmen that the programme has empowered farmers and boosted production of rice.
Wakili explained that under the programme, rice farmers are given farming inputs and loan.
He said the measure encouraged rice farmers to produce enough rice for the state and Northwest Zone states.
Wakili said already the beneficiaries have started repayment of the loan to enable others benefit.
“Majority of rice farmers have paid the loan, some are in process of paying the loan provided to them,” he said.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for introducing the programme for them.
“The introduction of Anchor Borrower Programme assisted greatly for Nigeria to produce enough rice without importation of the commodity into the country,” he noted.