The Federal Government on Monday disbursed N217.9 million as loan to 1, 453 members of Cassava Growers Association in Katsina State, to boost cassava farming.
The loan, secured from the Bank of Agriculture, was disbursed to some of the beneficiaries by the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Musa Adamu in Dutsinma, Katsina state.
Adamu said the loan was in recognition of the state’s position as one of the leading cassava growing areas in the country.
He said the state government planned to establish a marketing board, to provide market opportunities to farmers, so as to boost agricultural production.
The commissioner pledged that the state government would continue to give priority to agriculture in order to empower the people and ensure food security.
Adamu urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the funds.
The Secretary of the association, Alhaji Hassan Yunusa, said each farmer would receive N150,000, and commended the federal and the state governments for the support.
Yunusa called for the establishment of cassava processing factories in the state to encourage its production and generate employment.