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Nigeria: Maize Farmers Begin Loan Repayment, Kick-Off Dry Season Cultivation

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Maize farmers across the country have begun the aggregation of maize under the Anchor Borrower Programme (ABP) of the federal government.

Already in Funtua, Katsina State, farmers last week brought over 33,000 bags (100kg), showcased in pyramids, for a ceremony along Sokoto road, but which had to be postponed due to the abduction of the Kankara schoolboys in the state.

Speaking to Daily Trust in Funtua, president of the Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN), Dr Abubakar Bello Funtua, said the association was at the aggravation level where farmers brought their produce as part of their loan recovery.

“For the dry season cultivation this year, CBN will support us because we want to bridge the gap created by what happened in the first six months because of COVID-19 and flooding.

“CBN is going to finance about 750,000 with some other commodity associations. Definitely, this year 2020/ 2021 season will be a very good year for maize production in Nigeria,” he said.

The MAAN president said the association is targeting about 22 states to commence the 2020/2021 dry season farming with a target of cultivating 400,000 hectares. It hopes to get as many farmers as possible to join the scheme to address the wet season shortfall.

When Daily Trust asked Dr Abubakar if that would stop importation, he said: “Yes of course, that is why I emphasised that a lot of maize was produced this year and in the dry season, we will get more maize in this country. So there’s no need for any importation of maize because whatever they (processors) may need to meet their demand, they will get it here from our local production.