SMEDAN begins matching fund programme for agro-based NMSEs

SMEDAN begins matching fund programme for agro-based NMSEs

By Ikenna Uwadileke, Abuja.

 

The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), in partnership with Sterling Bank Plc., has started a matching fund programme for agro-based Nano, Micro and Small Enterprises (NMSEs).

 

This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by the Head of Corporate Affairs Division of SMEDAN, Mr Ibrahim Mohammed.

 

Mohammed quoted the Director-General of SMEDAN, Olawale Fasanya, as saying that the intervention was to deliver credit to the sub-sector in six selected states of Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti and Osun.

 

Fasanya said that the programme was a promotional mechanism to enhance enterprise output, competitiveness as well as job creation, while the disbursing entity, under the programme, would be Sterling Bank Plc.

 

He identified NMSEs operating in the real sector with value-added agricultural products as the target beneficiaries for the programme.

 

Fasanya said that prospective beneficiaries may apply for financing within the range of N500,000 and N2.5 million.

 

“The interest rate applicable on all financing under this programme shall not exceed single digit per annum.

 

“The financing tenor is for a maximum period of 30 months, effective from the date of first disbursement.

 

“This is inclusive of moratorium, which may vary between three to six months, depending on the type of enterprise,’’ he said.

 

Fasanya also said that applicants or enterprises wishing to apply must be within the agribusiness value chain.

 

“The applicant/enterprise must have a Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) registration or state approved registration and a movable asset, to be registered under the National Collateral Registry (NCR),’’ he said.

 

Fasanya said that NMSEs can apply by clicking the icon smedan/sterlingbankmatchingfundprogramme on the SMEDAN website. www.smedan.gov.ng.

 

According to him, once migrated to the smecredits portal, pre-qualification of applicants shall commence.

 

“Pre-qualified applicants shall be required to pay a processing fee of N10,000 for the business plan template on the platform. A separate training fee is not required,’’ he said.

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