Federal Government has approached Brazil to secure a loan of $1.2bn to finance agricultural programmes in the 2021 budget.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who made this known appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Finance in Abuja on Tuesday to defend the budget proposal.
She said that the Federal Government sent a request to the National Assembly to approve the loan from the Brazilian government to address issues in Nigeria’s agriculture value chain.
Ahmed also said the Federal Government would acquire 100,000 hectares of land in each state for food production, adding that link roads would be built in such locations to provide access for farmers to move farm produce to markets and reduce post-harvest losses.
While Responding to the question in relation to the diversification of economy, Ahmed said, “For borrowing to improve industry, we are before the parliament. I request for the approval for loan that we call the Green Imperative Programme which is for loan of $1.2bn from the Brazilian government.
“It is a programme that is addressing the whole of agricultural value chain from mechanisation, production, processing and selling. It is meant to lend to businessmen for tractors, plants at all levels.”