The Chairman, Cassava Growers Association, Cross River State chapter, Mr Austine Oqua, says registration of interested farmers for this year’s CBN Cassava Anchor Borrowers’ programme in the state had begun.
Oqua, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Sunday, March 25, 2018 said 5,000 farmers were being targeted.
He said that 5000 hectares of land had been mapped out in the state for the Central Bank of Nigeria-sponsored cassava anchor borrowers’ programme.
“Cross River is among the participating states in the new CBN cassava anchor borrowers’ programme beginning in April.
“Cassava is one of the areas that the state has a comparative advantage and already, we have registered over 2000 farmers while we need 5000 farmers.
“We have been sensitising our farmers on the need to take advantage of the programme to increase their cassava production,” he said.
Oqua, who is also the Special Assistant to the Governor on Religious Matters, said that the proposed 5,000 hectares of land would be provided across the 18 local government areas of the state.
He added that every duly registered farmer would be provided with the necessary inputs and fund for the project.
He stressed the need for more women to be encouraged to participate in farming in the state, adding that they were more involved in farm work than the men.
By Benson Ezugwu