The World Bank Assisted Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) has disbursed N7.4 million as soft loans to five farming communities in Maiha Local Government Area of Adamawa.
The Programme Desk Officer, Malam Buba Umar, gave the figure in an interview with newsmen in Maiha, headquarters of the local government on Thursday.
Umar said that more than 200 farmers had benefitted from the one-year revolving loan scheme.
Breaking down the figures, he said that the Wuro-Baka and Mudalili communities received N1.5 million and N1.4 million, respectively while Juba-Pakka got N1.6 million.
Other beneficiaries included Pegin N1.35 million and Humbutudi N1.6 million.
Umar said, “The programme has initiated a soft loan scheme to enhance sources of livelihoods for farming communities in the area.
“The loan is designed to enhance small farmer enterprising skill in the areas of fisheries, agro-processing, crop and livestock production.”
According to him, the programme has executed various community development projects in the last three years to improve the overall well-being of rural dwellers.
The desk officer said that the programme had so far constructed 19 blocks of classrooms and one maternity centre each at Lame, Wuro-Alhaji and Wuro-Juba communities.
“The programme focuses on community driven approach in the execution of projects,” he said.
According to him, each of the benefitting communities has contributed 10 per cent of the projects cost.