Cross River State has set aside the sum of N500 million as loan to farmers in preparation for post-covid-19 era.The state governor, Senator Ben Ayade, disclosed this in Calabar at the inauguration of input distribution to farmers as part of palliatives against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ayade, who said this in a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita, declared that “Cross River State has made a choice of agro-industrialization and the project pathway is organically connected with a kind of syntax that allows you enjoy the pleasure of the income stream that we have provided by making available a five per cent interest loan for all farmers in Cross River State by leaving the sum of N500 million with the Cross River Microfinance Bank.”
Ayade has described farming as a veritable leeway to prosperity, urging Cross River people, especially women, to go into farming. Ayade said: “Let me use this opportunity to say it very loud and clear that the future prosperity lies with farmers. If you don’t have a farm, you have no business in the 21st century.