30th August, 2010
The Standard Micro Finanance Bank Ltd., Yola branch, is training 50 fish farmers in Adamawa as part of efforts to promote small-scale businesses, its Director, Malam Ahmed Iya, said on Sunday.
The director said at the training programme in Yola that the scheme was designed to build the capacity of the farmers as well as educate them on how to access credit facilities.
“We realised that they are not making enough profit because they don’t have enough knowledge of what they are doing.
“When we improve thier knowledge, we can now, through their association, disburse credit support to them,” he said.
Iya explained that the training, which involved practicals and visits to the participants’ fish farms by experts, was organised by the bank in colaboration with the Adamawa Government and USAID.
He said the bank would also collaborate with some organisations for similar training programmes for bee farmers and women rice processors.
One of the participants, Alhaji Musa Kareka, lauded the programme, describing it as a right step in the right direction.
The two-week training programme is featuring fish processors, marketers and animal feed makers.