Kwara dis­burses agric loans

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

The Kwara State govern­ment yes­ter­day dis­bursed N215 mil­lion as loans to 172 farm­ers who are ex­pected to serve as change agents in their var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties.

Each of the farm­ers got over N1.2m and they are ex­pected to de­ploy their ca­pac­ity in re­cruit­ing more youths into agri­cul­ture. Ten were selected from each of the 16 lo­cal gov­ern­ments to ben­e­fit from the loan scheme.

Dis­burs­ing cheques to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Ilorin, Gover­nor Ab­dul­fa­tah Ahmed em­pha­sised that the pro­gramme was part of the com­mit­ment to cre­ate agroal­lied jobs and wealth through value chain man­age­ment.

He stressed that govern­ment was com­mit­ted to the es­tab­lish­ment of an agribusi­ness cul­ture in driv­ing the state’s econ­omy.

“To­day, we take a step closer to that dream of agro-driven growth with the launch of the Off­Taker De­mand Driven scheme to ex­tend agribusi­ness to other parts of the state by em­pow­er­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of commercial farm­ers to en­sure that our people are food se­cure, es­tab­lish agribusi­ness as the pivot of our econ­omy and re­gen­er­ate agro-al­lied in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment”, he said.

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