Chairman, Plateau Poultry Farmers Association (PAN), Mr Julius Gusan, said at the weekend that farmers in the state would access the Central of Bank’s (CBN) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Fund.
Gusan who stated this in Jos said that the CBN had on Feb. 11, held a sensitisation workshop for poultry farmers to educate them on the facility.
He explained that the farmers were informed of the conditions that they needed to satisfy to benefit from the scheme which would be facilitated by the association.
“We as farmers will access the loan through micro-finance banks and we have gone ahead to open accounts with some micro-finance banks for our farmers to access the loan.
“It is not going to be a problem because we are going to guarantee our farmers to take the loan to expand their farms, generate more income and improve their standard of living,’’ he said.
He disclosed that the inclusion of his members to access the loan and the sensitisation workshop was as a result of the training they received from the Industrial Training Fund (ITF).
“The CBN knew that PAN members received training from the ITF and therefore, they can now handle poultry issues,’’ he said.
Gusan said the new office accommodation the association inaugurated last week was to enable it to operate in a better environment and be more accessible to farmers.
“The office is a centre for us to coordinate the activities of all the farmers ranging from production to marketing of poultry products.
“We are talking with feed millers that produce quality and standard feeds to bring and keep them here so that our farmers can buy.
“The same thing with hatcheries; so that quality day-old chicks are supplied to our farmers.
“So, they will come here and verify which ones they will go for and we will advise them accordingly,’’ he said.
He advised poultry farmers who had yet to register with the association to do so without delay to benefit from the gesture.