The Rice Farmers Association at Sandamu Local Governmemt Area chapter, Katsina AState has inaugurated a 35-man committee to monitor the utilisation and implementation of the Anchor Borrowers Programme in the area.
Alhaji Unman Nalado, the Chairman of the association, announced this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sandamu on Tuesday. Nalado explained that the committee consisted of two sub committees at Local Government and polling units cluster levels.
He said that the local government committee comprised 25 members, including traditional rulers, the district heads and the ward heads to ensure close monitoring and implementation.
The chairman added that the polling unit cluster commttee comprised 10 persons mandated to report any act of diversion of the agricultural implements given to the registered farmers.
According to him, 670 farmers received the agricultural implement which includes bags of fertilizers, herbicides, seedlings, sprayers and water pumping machines.
Nalado noted that the number of the hectare registered against the name of an individual farmer determined the quantity of the implements to be provided to him which would be repaid with bags of paddy rice after one year.
He called on the farmers to make judicious use of the implements, to generate employment and boost food security
No fewer than 431 farmers in Sandamu benefited from the programme in 2017.