Senator promises to Assist Farmers in Enugu to Access CBN Loan
The Senator representing Enugu West Senatorial District, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has promised to assist farmers in Enugu State to access agricultural loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Ekweremadu made the promise when members of Enugu State Amalgamated Farmers’ Cooperative Society, in 17 councils of the state, paid him a courtesy visit in Enugu.
The senator said that he was disturbed by the fact that most farmers in the state hardly accessed the agricultural loans disbursed by the government and such development cannot encourage farmers or boost large-scale agricultural production in the state.
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He said: “We will do something possible to address the problem and support you. Your counterparts in the North have been getting the loan and I do not know you people have not been getting.
“We hope to change the farming you do here to modern and advanced farming as is done abroad. We hope to replicate advanced farming or agriculture in this part of the world.
“Your coming today is to lay the foundation for a better tomorrow and we are forming a partnership this morning. I am going to pay more attention to the CBN agric loan, since you have mentioned it,” he said.
The leader of the farmers’ cooperative, Chief Obi Okonkwo, has earlier told Ekweremadu that one of the major challenges was inability to access both the loans from the state and Federal Governments over time.
“We don’t always have access to the loans for farmers given by the state government or the Federal Government via the CBN. We would like you to assist us in this regard,” he said.
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