The National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN) Zamfara chapter, has said that no fewer than 35,000 cotton farmers will participate in the 2020 wet season farming under the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme.
NACOTAN’s Chairman in Zamfara, Alhaji Sani Dahiru, gave the number in a statement signed on Tuesday in Gussau by Malam Bashir Kabir, the Public Relations Officer of the association.
Dahiru, according to the statement, had given the figure at a meeting with the NACOTAN Coordinators in the 14 local government areas of the state.
“NACOTAN, in collaboration with the state government, registered 35,000 cotton farmers across the state, who are going to benefit from the 2020 wet season CBN/Anchor Borrowers’ cotton farming loan,” he said.
The chairman described the government’s cotton farming programme as a critical impetus to massive employment opportunities and economic growth.
“We are trying as much as we can, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to provide the inputs to farmers as early as possible this year.
“Therefore, there is the need for cotton farmers in the state to support the programme through effective utilisation of the inputs given to them.
“I am appealing for your support as local government coordinators of this programme, with a view to emerging the best in the 2020 wet season loan recovery, which is to be paid with the cotton products,” he said.
Dahiru was optimistic that this year’s wet season cotton farming would be successful and lauded the government for its huge financial support to improve the agricultural sector, particularly cotton farming.
“We, as cotton farmers in the state, are assuring the CBN and the government of our commitment to a successful programme in the year 2020 and beyond.
“We are hoping that the government’s efforts in this regard will go a long way in enhancing its policy of reviving the country’s economy through, particularly, the textile industries,” he said.