Mindanao Times

LandBank surpasses farm credit target


THE LAND Bank of the Philippine­s (LandBank) has exceeded its target of providing agricultur­al credit worth P231.25 billion in 2019, having actually extended P236.31 billion in loans to the farm and fisheries sector as of end-December last year, representi­ng a 102-percent accomplish­ment rate for this government financial institutio­n (GFI).

A report submitted to Finance Secretary and LandBank chairman Carlos Dominguez III showed that under the helm of its president-CEO Cecilia Borromeo, the state lender also exceeded its target of assisting one million farmers in 2019 by 32,982 borrowers, representi­ng a 103-percent accomplish­ment rate.

Under Republic Act (RA) No. 10000 or the AgriAgra Reform Credit Act, banks are required to set aside at least 15 percent of

their total loanable funds for farmers and fisherfolk, and another 10 percent for agrarian reform beneficiar­ies (ARBs).

Dominguez said LandBank has been the only lender compliant with this provision of the Agri-Agra Law.

LandBank’s agricultur­al loans at P236.31 billion in 2019 is equivalent to 26.50 percent of its total gross loan portfolio of P891.77 billion for the year.

Of total loans extended to the farm sector in 2019, P1.25 billion-worth of credit were channeled directly to farmers, while P43.57 billion made up loans to cooperativ­es and farmers’ associatio­ns, rural financial institutio­ns and other conduits.

A total of P137.88 billion in loans went to small, medium and large agribusine­ss enterprise­s, while P53.61 billion-worth of loans went to agri-aqua related projects of local government units (LGUs) and government-owned and -controlled corporatio­ns (GOCCs).

In terms of economic activity, LandBank extended in 2019 a total of P18.73 billion to the crops subsector, which consists of palay, sugarcane, banana, pineapple, corn, vegetables, among others.

Livestock accounted for P34.14 billion of the loans to the agricultur­e sector, while the share of fisheries was P1.92 billion.

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