Plateau Rice Farmers Risk Arrest, Blacklisting For Refusal To Payback Agricultural Loans

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By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos

Thousands  of the  beneficiaries who  collected agricultural loans for rice farming in Plateau State have  declined  to pay back the loans collected, a development that may blacklist the state unless  something  urgent Is done.

 The State Branch of the Rice FarmersIIqr  Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) and officials of the bank  which  disbursed the loans from  the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)  in the state  are currently contemplating a warrant of arrest through  all the 17 divisional  police stations.
The  state Chairman of Rice farmers Association (RIFAN) , Joshua Bitrus  who expressed concerns over the  development, said the  state  may be  blacklisted.


He described the  situation as  highly regrettable saying that  such  stands  taken by the  rice farmers in the state  is not encouraging. 

According to him, the association is currently making.efforts to contact  all the 17 divisional police officers (DPO) to issue warrants of arrest.

 
He called on  affected  farmers to intensify efforts towards the payment of  the  loans to avoid embarrament, noting that such behaviours  may  affect the chances of the state in future.


He said only  four local government areas from  the state’s Northern Senatorial Zone   did not default payments as stipulated.

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