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CBN to integrate non-interest window in its loans to SMEs, households

At least, more than 1.1 million farmers are expected to benefit from the CBN loans.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced today that it has unveiled a framework that will integrate a non-interest window in all its intervention programmes aimed at supporting businesses and households that have been impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement released by the apex bank said the integration will focus mainly on its Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) as well as the Targeted Credit Facility (TCF). Note that the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme mainly provides financial and other supports to smallholder farmers in a bid to boost productivity. You may learn more about it by clicking here.

What this means: This simply means that the CBN is putting measures in place that will ensure to provide loans to Medium, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) without requiring borrowers to pay interests on such loans. The CBN’s guidelines on Non-Interest Window defines it thus:

“A non-interest window operation is defined as part of a conventional financial institution (which may be a branch or a dedicated unit) that provides fund management (investment accounts), financing, investment and other banking services that are Shariah-compliant.”

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In the meantime, the CBN will be deploying the sum of N432 billion to fund the value chains of nine commodities during the 2020 farming season. This is part of the government’s commitment to reinvigorate the country’s agric sector by providing necessary support to farmers, all with the ultimate goal of averting a recession in the economy. Part of the statement by the CBN said:

“CBN earmarks N432bn to fund the value chains of nine commodities in the 2020 wet season farming. CBN committed to aggressively fund its agricultural programmes and spur farmers along select crop value chains to prevent the country from sliding into a recession.”

At least, more than 1.1 million farmers (cultivating more than one million hectares of arable lands) will benefit from the CBN loans. This should enable them to collectively produce as much as 8.3 million metric tons of assorted produce.

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Emmanuel is a professional writer and business journalist, with interests covering Banking & Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Profiles, Brand Communication, Fintech, and MSMEs. He initially joined Nairametrics as an all-round Business Analyst, but later began focusing on and covering the financial services sector. He has also held various leadership roles, including Senior Editor, QAQC Lead, and Deputy Managing Editor. Emmanuel holds an M.Sc in International Relations from the University of Ibadan, graduating with Distinction. He also graduated with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Department of Philosophy & Logic, University of Ibadan. If you have a scoop for him, you may contact him via his email- [email protected] You may also contact him through various social media platforms, preferably LinkedIn and Twitter.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Olisa chizoba

    June 19, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Pls sir I applied for the covid19 support loan under households but as am talking to you now i have not received any message like others, please help me I really need the loan to help my family especially in this pandemic that I lost my job, please. God bless you

  2. Ugwueze john

    June 20, 2020 at 12:02 am

    I here by apple for the loon for agricultural purpose or use pourtry or farming

  3. Jovita Chinwe Okeke

    June 22, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Good morning sir, please I applied for covid-19 loan and I have validated my BVN since last two weeks Wednesday but I have not been paid till now please sir I need your help . thank and God bless you sir

  4. YUSUF AMINU

    June 24, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Please can somebody give the link to access the loan

  5. Yakubu Yusuf

    June 25, 2020 at 1:47 am

    How would you know that your application has been successfully sent to Central Bank

  6. Aykems

    July 21, 2020 at 5:36 am

    Please,I need a link to non interest version of the loan

  7. Musa zaria

    July 26, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Please sir when the loan will be release?

  8. Jabir Hudu

    October 7, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Please Sir when the loan will be release

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