How to Access CBN ABP Loan for Agricultural Businesses (Complete Guide)

Last Updated on November 4, 2020

This article on How to Access CBN ABP Loan explains in detail the major objectives of the programme, how you can benefit, and requirements to access Loan, and all other important information you may need to know. Please, stay tuned.

CBN ABP (Anchor Borrowers Programme) Loan

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in keeping with its developmental role, established the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP). The programme aims to create economic linkage between smallholder farmers and renowned large-scale processors with a view to increasing agricultural production and significantly improving the capacity utilization of processors.


The loan shall be targeted at smallholder farmers engaged in the production of identified commodities across the country. The Farmers should be in groups/cooperative(s) of between 5 and 20 for ease of administration.

The ABP is not solely for farmers, businesses can also apply to become the Anchor (private large-scale integrated processors) and Inputs Suppliers.

Identified Agricultural Commodities.

The targeted commodities of comparative advantage to the State shall include but not limited to:

  • Cereals (Rice, Maize, wheat etc.)
  • Cotton
  • Roots and Tubers (Cassava, Potatoes, Yam, Ginger etc.)
  • Sugarcane
  • Tree crops (Oil palm, Cocoa, Rubber etc.)
  • Legumes (Soybean, Sesame seed, Cowpea etc.)
  • Tomato
  • Livestock (Fish, Poultry, Ruminants etc.) Any other commodity that will be introduced by the CBN from time to time.

How to Access CBN ABP Loan?

The Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) will establish a link between anchor companies involved in the processing and smallholder farmers (SHFs) of the required key agricultural commodities.

The programme thrust of the ABP is the provision of farm inputs in kind and cash (for farm labour) to smallholder farmers to boost production of these commodities, stabilize inputs supply to agro-processors and address the country’s negative balance of payments on food.

At harvest, the SHF supplies his/her produce to the Agro-processor (Anchor) who pays the cash equivalent to the farmer’s account.

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The Anchor Borrowers Programme is to create economic linkage between smallholder farmers and reputable large-scale processors with a view to increasing agricultural output and significantly improving capacity utilization of processors. Other objectives include:

  • Increase banks’ financing to the agricultural sector
  • Reduce agricultural commodity importation and conserve external reserves
  • Increase capacity utilization of agricultural firms
  • Create a new generation of farmers/entrepreneurs and employment
  • Deepen the cashless policy and financial inclusion
  • Reduce the level of poverty among smallholder farmers
  • Assist rural smallholder farmers to grow from subsistence to commercial production levels.

Eligible Participating Financial Institutions (PFIS)

The loan shall be disbursed through any of these PFIs:

  • Deposit Money Banks (DMBs)
  • Development Finance Institutions (DFIs)
  • Microfinance Banks (MFBs)

Interest Rate

Interest rate under the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) shall be guided by the rate on the N220 billion MSMEDF, which is currently at 9% p.a (all inclusive, pre and post disbursement). The PFIs shall access at 2% from the CBN and lend at a maximum of 9% p.a.


The tenor of loans under the ABP shall be the gestation period of the identified commodities.


Loans granted to the SHFs shall be repaid with the harvested produce that shall be mandatorily delivered to the Anchor at designated collection center in line with the provisions of the Agreement signed. The produce to be delivered must cover the loan principal and interest.

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