The state FADAMA Community Development Officer, Mr Chuka Ilokwe, decried the farmers’ defaults in loan repayment at a meeting with facilitators, agricultural extension officers and other stakeholders in Awka on Thursday.
He said that the FADAMA programme was determined to sustain the exposure of the farmers to modern farming techniques for improved productivity in spite of the development.
Ilokwe said that the aim of the meeting was to review and evaluate the reports of the facilitators and agricultural extension officers, so as to educate them on how to expose the farmers to global best practices in farming.
“FADAMA continues to teach all facilitators and extension agents from the 21 local government areas of the state on how to be proactive in educating farmers in order to get bumper harvests,’’ he said.
Ilokwe, however, called on the defaulting farmers to defray their debt so as to enable them to receive farm inputs.
“If they pay up, this will go a long way in making us to provide more services to farmers and boost their productivity,’’ he added.