The management of Keystone Bank Limited has commended the expansion project of farmers in Nasarawa State after visiting the farm on Wednesday, saying the team was impressed with the ongoing expansion at the farm.
A team from the headquarters of the bank joined by its north-central region team led by Divisional Head, Abuja-Wuse Division, Akinsanmi Falaki, paid a visit to the farm to monitor the support by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the farm.
The team leader said the visit was part of the bank’s normal routine monitoring check on credit facilities availed to farmers by the CBN.
The farm, which is owned by over five hundred farmers and managed by the Nigerian Farmers Group and Cooperative Society (NFGCS) in Kokona Local Government Area of Nasarawa, is one of the single largest community-based farm settlements in Nigeria.
Falaki said: “What I saw on the ground is that there have been significant improvements. The rice mill is now automated. They also now have automated poultry and cold rooms while they are now concluding the setting up of their greenhouse.”
The banker, however, advised the management of the farm to continue to build a good relationship with creditors as they would continue to support them even with professional advice.
Also speaking, the National Coordinator of the group, Retson Tedheke, said he was impressed with the visit as it provided ground to strengthen the existing relationship with Keystone as well as the apex bank.
He said the farm has positioned itself as an example of what the Federal Government wants to see as farm settlements in the entire country.