THE Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, NIRSAL, has empowered 475 female cassava farmers in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Members of the Uyo female cassava farmers will receive finance through the Central Bank of Nigeria’s, CBN, Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, ABP, for which NIRSAL Plc is playing a role as a Participating Financial Institution, PFI.
NIRSAL, in a statement, said the women under the Uyo Women Agro Geo-Cooperative, AGC, have been structured into 475 female farmers trained on good agronomic practices and received various inputs for their use. It added that all 478 hectares of land will be mechanised throughout the planting season to enhance yields and profits and eliminate the drudgery of farming with crude implements.
NIRSAL explained that the event in Akwa Ibom fits into its regional and nationwide support for farmers under the ABP. “A total of 2,872 rice, maize and cassava farmers belonging to Uyo Women AGC, Pemo Anegbette AGC, Upalibuisi AGC, Southern Basin AGC, Integrated AGC, Ijeoma Aibiokula AGC, Green Money Initiative AGC and God’s Own AGC will receive NIRSAL’s support in the south-south states of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta, while a total of 44,670 farmers cultivating on 68,771 hectares of land are benefiting nationwide.
Aliyu Abdulhameed, managing director, NIRSAL, said the support for Uyo Women AGC would not only empower the 475 farmers of the AGC, but would create jobs for many families in the community.