Reps To Investigate Agricultural Loans, Disbursement To Farmers

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The House of Representatives has mandated its committee on banking and currency to investigate disbursements of all agricultural loans and credit facilities to farmers.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Chike Okafor (APC–Imo) on the floor of the House on Wednesday in Abuja.
Speaking on the motion, Okafor said that the investigation should commence from 2009 to enhance national food security.
He said that from 2009 to date, the Federal Government approved  disbursement of funds to farmers in various schemes to the tune of over N275 billion.
This according to him, ranges from commercial agricultural credit scheme to Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL).
He said that the gesture was to help farmers to improve agricultural production and guarantee food security in the country.
According to him,  since the approval, most farmers have not been able to access the loans due to stringent conditions attached to the loan.
He said that the conditions attached by banks from prospective borrowers had made it impossible for them to access the loan.
He expressed concern that food production had not attained the expected level  in spite of the approval of over N 275 billion facilities to farmers.
He expressed worry that the projected diversification of the economy from an oil base to agricultural base would not be achieved.(NAN)

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