Gombe state Governor, Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya has cautioned farmers in the state against refusal to pay back loans they took to support their agricultural activities.
Gov. Inuwa cautions farmers against taking agric loans as free gifts
The Governor who stated this through his Deputy, Dr. Manasseh Daniel Jatau at the flag-off and commissioning of 50 units of tractors by the North-East Commodity Association (NECAS) in Gombe at the weekend, urged farmers to pay back the loans they have obtained to enable more farmers benefit from the facility.
According to him, “our farmers must understand that the loan is not a largesse or a free gift from Government, but a revolving funds to maximize production and ensure food production”.
The Governor, who assured that agriculture would remain one of the cardinal priorities of his administration, expressed great delight that from 1960 for the first time, Gombe has witnessed a gigantic pyramid of recovered farm inputs this year which became a national symbol for NECAS.
He explained that in a concerted effort by the administration to improve agricultural production, his administration is committed to providing the projected 20,000 metric tons of fertilizer and agricultural inputs for the 2019 farming season.
According to him, “we have already procured 10,000 and 950 bags of 2kg and 10 kg of improved maize seed for this season hoping to get high yields of agricultural produce”.
While commending NECAS for its commitment to improving agricultural production which is the main source of livelihood of the people of the State, Governor Inuwa urged the leadership of NECAS not to rest on its oars in supporting small holder farmers, youths and women in the North-East sub-region.
Earlier, the national Chairman of the North-East Commodity Association (NECAS), Alhaji Saddiq Umar Daware, said NECAS, which has its headquarters in Yola, Adamawa State, had been involved in empowering farmers across the region as well as eradicating poverty.
He said, the association had been partnering with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and other critical stakeholders in the farming sector.
“NECAS, with less than two years of active support for farmers has empowered over 50,000 farmers across the region by direct input services and extension services deliveries to farmers which have yielded excellent results. NECAS has rekindled the hopes of many in farming, while turning peasant farmers to farm entrepreneurs and rebirthing the establishment of harvest pyramid in the Northeastern area of the country”, he emphasized.