The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Agriculture (BOA), Kabiru Adamu, has disclosed that the bank through the President Muhammadu Buhari-initiated Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) has disbursed over N90 billion to farmers in the last four years.
Speaking at the ongoing 40th Kaduna International Trade Fair, the MD said the programme has also created employment and increased yield thereby addressing food security in the country.
He expressed optimism that the bank will be able to disburse twice the amount it disbursed in the last four years in the next four years ahead saying, “Because the focus of government is on agriculture.”
He further noted that additional crops that were not there have been introduced including palm oil, cotton, sesame seeds and the like which will be covered under the ABP.
According to him, “Nigerians should expect a boast in the activities that we have undertaken under the ABP in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Immediately after the declaration of Mr. President as duly elected, the CBN called a stakeholders meeting where new targets were set.
“The new targets are ambitious and as a public financial institution, we stand committed and ready to meet the target set by the CBN.
“As you are aware, the ABP is one of the cardinal promises made by Mr. President during their electioneering campaigns, we have supported the programme to enable it to a large extent, by disbursing over N90 billion to farmers.
“We have created employment through the programme and we have increased yield production and by extension food security in the country. With the election of Mr. President, Nigerians should expect more through the programme.”
He assured of government’s commitment to make things happen in the agric space and expressed commitment to support the desire of the government