CBN Revises Guidelines For Agric Scheme To Accommodate Non- Interest Institutions
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said it has revised the guidelines for Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (CACS), to include Non-Interest Financial Institutions (NIFIs). CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele CBN stated this in a circular dated Feb. 16, posted on its Website today
The circular said that the review was part of efforts to deepen access to finance and reduce exclusion rate. It added that the CBN would look at the possibilities of revising guidelines for other intervention funds to the interest of the public.
“It is expected that the review of the guidelines for other intervention funds will follow in due course. “Please note that the CBN will continue to review the guidelines for other intervention funds currently managed by the bank to factor the needs of the non-interest banking public.”
Newsmen report that the scheme is aimed at fast tracking the development of the agricultural sector by providing credit facilities to large scale enterprises with a minimum asset size of N50 million at a single digit interest rate of 9 per cent. The scheme is also targeted at enhancing national food security by increasing food supply in the country.