Kano govt laments failure of farmers to repay loans

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Abdulmumin Murtala, Kano

The deputy governor of Kano state, Alhaji Nasir Yusuf Gavuna, expressed regret that many farmers in the state who benefited from revolving loans could not recoup and affected others who also wanted to receive loans.

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Speaking at the opening ceremony of the third edition of the International Exhibition Agric Expo 2018 with the theme: “The redefinition of Nigeria’s agriculture for sustainable socio-economic development”, Alhaji Gavuna informed that only four farmers out of 4,500 people were able to repay the loans provided to them in state government, and that the police and the judiciary need to be involved. He then challenged the farmers in regards to this scheme.

He assured the farmers that the state government is ready to act as a guarantor for them if they agree to the loan agreements, because only when they return such loans that other farmers can turn to.

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He added that the government also provided a revolving credit scheme in the amount of 150 million pounds for the purchase of seeds.

The deputy governor, who also doubles as state agricultural commissioner, assured agricultural stakeholders, which include the Association of All Farmers of Nigeria (AFAN), Global Agric Expo Ltd (GAEL) and Kano Chambers of Commerce, factories and agriculture (KACCIMA) that the state government will help solve some of the problems that they identified to ensure that agriculture meets global standards in the production, processing, packaging, and marketing of agriculture ohozyaystvennoy products for the sustainable development of the country.

These problems include, among others, the lack of quality seeds, late delivery of fertilizers, lack of pesticides, flooding and access to renewable loans.

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Regarding the dry season, he said that all dams in the state belong to the federal government and that most of the 15 dams need repair. He explained that the state government acted as a beneficiary of dams to receive a loan of $ 95 million from the Islamic Development Bank to repair dams and create water channels that will be accessible to farms around the dam sites.

He said that when repairs are complete, the dams will provide enough water for farmers to participate in the dry season to replace the lack of precipitation.

The state government, he said, helped farmers in the Watari Dam region, whose farms were washed away with a flow of seeds and pesticides worth N242m

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