Former Deputy President, Ike Ekweremadu, has promised to assist Enugu farmers access agricultural loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Ekweremadu, who made the pledge yesterday when members of Enugu Amalgamated Farmers Cooperative Society across the 17 council areas of the state visited him, regretted that most planters in the state had hardly accessed the Federal Government facilities.
According to him, such development cannot encourage farmers or boost large-scale production. Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu West in the Senate, said: “We will do something possible to address the problem and support you.
“Your counterparts in the North have been getting the loan and I do not know you people have not been getting.
“We hope to change the farming you do here to modern and advanced farming as is done abroad. We hope to replicate advanced farming or agriculture in this part of the world.
“Your coming today is to lay foundation for a better tomorrow and we are forming a partnership this morning.”He added: “I am going to pay more attention to the CBN agric loan since you have mentioned it.”
Earlier, leader of the body, Chief Obi Okonkwo, said one of their major challenges was inability to access loans from both the state and federal governments.
His words: “We don’t always have access to the loans for farmers given by the state government or the Federal Government via the CBN.
“We would like you to assist us in this regard.” He lauded Ekweremadu for using his Ikeoha Educational Foundation to reach out to the entire state.