President Buhari Orders Single Digit Interest Rate For Agric Loans

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President Muhammadu Buhari has given a directive to raise funds to support agriculture and industry at a single digit interest rate.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh states this at the NACCIMA/NIRSAL agribusiness conference held yesterday in Abuja.

Highlights: The committee, headed by the Vice President, would ensure they keep the
interest rate at 10 percent.

Stressing the need to restructure agricultural credit, he said: “At the council of ministers
meeting, the president gave a directive to raise fund to support agriculture and industry at
one digit interest rate.

“If we don’t keep the interest rate as minimum as it should, there is trouble ahead.
Manufacturing is not so easy, other countries support agriculture, in every farm in Europe
government support it with six euros per day.”

He lamented the inaccessibility of finance for agriculture, noting that farmers cannot borrow at 25 percent interest rate as there is no production business that one can engage in with such interest rate.