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CBN Revises Guidelines For Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme

Nigeria’s apex bank, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has announced that it has revised the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (CACS) which was introduced in April 2010.

The amendment is contained in a circular issued by Mr Kelvin Amugo, the Director, Financial Policy and Regulatory Department, CBN, on Tuesday in Lagos.

According to the bank, the revision of the scheme, whose goal is to fast track development of the agricultural sector by providing credit facility to commercial agricultural enterprises at single digit interest, was to sustain public interest in the scheme and enhance its operations.

The revision affects Sections 8.0 and 17.0 (b) (IV), which provides that payment of interest on CACS facilities should not be beyond 9%, which must be inclusive of all charges.

The apex bank added that the charges should be shared in the ratio of seven per cent to the participating banks and two per cent to the CBN.

The CBN said that Section 8.0 Sub-section (ii) of the CACS guidelines had been amended accordingly to reflect the revised interest sharing ratio.

It said the revised fee sharing formula takes effect from April 29.

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