At least 10,000 farmers from Adamawa State are to participate in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS).
Alhaji Ahmadu Waziri, state Agriculture Commissioner, disclosed this during a town hall
meeting on Friday organised for representatives of farmers’ groups in the state on the
Alhaji Waziri explained that the programme, a special one under Anchor Borrowers’
Programme, is meant for unemployed youths within 18 to 35 years who are not currently
participating in similar government empowerment programmes.
The commissioner noted that the state government entered maize and livestock as its choice areas under the programme, stressing however that participation in the programme was open to all categories of youths who are interested in the programme.
According to him, youths being targeted for the programme are educated and non
educated willing to embrace agriculture.
Waziri said that under the programme, the state government would provide land to the
beneficiaries where necessary, while participants would be entitled to between one and
three hectares of land.
He tasked officials of farmers’ groups at the meeting, particularly those whose members wished to use the loan for the dry season farming to start registration process within the week to enable them access the loan in good time.
Our correspondent reports that various stakeholders, including representatives of the
farmers groups, CBN and participating financial institutions who spoke at the occasion
lauded the programme and reiterated their commitment to ensure its successful
implementation in the state.