By David Peter
Cross river state practitionerfarmer structure a sustainable pathway towards harnessing Gov. Ben Ayadeagricultural revolution and value chains across Cross River State.
Hon. Emmanuel Anoh; NationalVice President of RIFAN South-South led potential farmers in the 18 LGA ofCross River to brainstorm with agricultural lending agencies to fosteragricultural productivity in Cross River State.
While speaking; he unveilsthis is the foremost meeting with the leadership of Rice Farmers Association ofNigeria (RIFAN) inclusively agricultural lending agencies. In appearance wererepresentative and state managers of; Central Bank of Nigeria; Dev &finance officer- Dr. Aniefiok A. Umoren , Branch Manager; Unity Bank- AnnieSampson, Branch Manager; Nigeria Agricultural Insurance Cooperation- EnoEkpe, Branch Manager; Bank ofAgriculture- T. T Takim and P.M representative Cross River State AgriculturalDevelopment Programme (CRADP)- Eld. Ubi Obeten.
Hon. Emmanuel, unleased hiscore objective for the PMT meeting whose aimed to restrengthened farmers in thestate to epic the giant stride of the governors agricultural revolution.
He said; “I feel soworried as well having sleepless night when it comes to agricultural managementin the state as the Anchor Borrowers Program is unbalance having witnessed ofHis Excellency drive and enthusiasm towards agricultural mechanization andrejuvenation in the state”.
Continuing, “This havemotivated me to speak with the chairman of RIFAN, Chief Ntaji John; in thestate to foresee and hold a PMT meeting with the main drivers of RIFAN forum inlocal government and our partner’s to leverage agricultural productivity andfoster a sustainable growth in the State to advance agriculture”.
The Development and FinanceOfficer; Dr. Aniefiok A. Umoren, gives encomium to Hon. Emmanuel Anoh, NationalVice President RIFAN- South South for is gigantic vision to foster and sustainagricultural productivity in the state he exordium a know your customerintroduction with the state exco members for a better relationship as anintroduction. Dr. Umoren further, applaud Prof. Ben Ayade establishment of thegiant Rice processing mill in Cross River, he tagged the factory as the largestin Africa assuring RIFAN a strong partnership to strengthen Ayade’sagricultural advocacy.
Dr. Umoren speaking; “Weare here to see how we can help support farmers in the State.
“Cross River State is blessed with avision-oriented governor who bring about a rice processing mill and the largestin Africa i am not trying to boost and if any of you get opportunity to visitOgoga take a tour on it, He added;
With the massive structurethere’s need to be involved in rice production. However, they have been somefraudulent act between farmers and stakeholder on non repayment of loan as thefarmers BVN is accessible to fish out farmers hiding inside the bush andfarmers who sells our inputs as supplied, get ready to repay loan, He said.
He further assured, farmerswho are transparent on loan repayment and utilization of farm inputs to benefitother agricultural input on their farm expansion. He appeal for honesty amongstate exco and leadership of RIFAN in the eighteen local government so as toenable a smooth ride on continuity and partnership in the state as well allowother individual’s and rural farmers to benefit from the Anchor BorrowersProgram.
Emmanuel, enlightened leadersand exco members on challenges; The continuation of the Anchor BorrowersProgram in the state is dependent on the loan recovery from farmers in the state”.
He said, challenge’s are meantto strengthen the program and he urged the LG leadership to correlate with thelocal farmers to ensure they recover farmers debt & repayment to enhancecollaboration with CBN and other partnership agencies.
Hon. Emmanuel, saddle“frowned at the RIFAN LG Leadership who engaged on illicit traffic of farminputs, request payment of ABP farmers for image capturing”.
He assured, delinquent oftheir removal in office irrespective of the position in the state to enhance asustainable agriculture & CBN Anchor Borrowers Program in the state. Headded, defaulter’s are on investigation by the State Security agencies.
Chief Obiolo; Yakurr RIFANCoordinator appreciate Hon. Emmanuel Anoh for the eye opening on the AnchorBorrower Program.
He said; “I heartilyappreciate the host for this meeting the former S.A to the Governor on NGO andCivil Society, Emmanuel Anoh. I am assuring you that we will recover all soldfarm input in yakurr. “However, i have brief with His Royal Highness andChieftains of Yakurr Local Government and they’re ready to collaborate withRIFAN thus bringing perpetrator to justice”. He unveiled.
T. T Takim, Branch Manager;Bank of Agriculture, acknowledged Hon. Emmanuel Anoh for his great stridehaving such a productive meeting with the leadership of RIFAN.
Takim speaking; “I havenever seen such an organized approach of recovery loans from farmers & inputsas witnessed today”.
He added; “Infact, Most farmers are debtors to ussince 2016 till date we are still seeking for revival on loan collection i hopeEmmanuel Anoh will help rescue our team on recovery fund, Manager pleaded.
Hon. Emmanuel Anoh; furtherstructured a nine (9) man strategic monitoring and strategic committee to alignAyade’s agricultural revolution, checkmate the LG agric stores rooms, unveiledfraudulent act. He expressed; the office to be multifunctional as they servesas an extension officer to abetment farmers, examine beneficiary farm andensure there’s an increase on farmers agricultural productivity.
The committee was inauguratedby the CBN Finance and Dev. Director, Dr. Aniefiok A. Umoren.
C’river state farmers representative and leadership across the 18 local government in the state reassured a new birth of agriculture as they pledge total support to harness the agricultural potentials and sprouts the Ayade’s agricultural revolution in continuity abrading a sustainable approach under their jurisdiction and RIFAN leadership in Cross River State, Nigeria.