Furthering it’s commitment to promote sustainable agriculture in Nigeria, Unity Bank Plc has donated Resource Support Items to Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The Executive members of RIFAN at the Association’s secretariat in Abuja were presented the items by the banks officials.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Association, Alhaji Aminu Goronyo, the National President, RIFAN, expressed gratitude to the management and staff of Unity Bank for the gesture they have received.
The RIFAN president further praised the Bank for supporting the Federal Government’s Agricultural initiative, adding that, with the growing support the Association has received from corporate organisations like Unity Bank Plc, the Bank has not only demonstrated outstanding commitment to the development of agribusiness, it has equally put the Bank in the forefront of supporting the Federal Government’s initiative in achieving successive reduction in the rice import bill, food sufficiency and employment.
Presenting the Resource Support items, the Zonal Head, Abuja and North Central, who led the Unity Bank’s team, Mr. Nurudeen Bashir Mohammed pointed that the donation is in pursuant of the Bank’s strategic business focus in the area of Agriculture, SME and Rural Economy. “This is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility in sustaining this sector,” he said.
Unity Bank in 2018/2019 farming season partnered with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to empower farmers. A total of 421,827 small holder farmers (SHF) across 36 states of the nation including Abuja have benefitted from the intervention fund under the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP).