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SMEDAN provides grants for agro-based SMEs

The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, says it has commenced a matching fund programme for agro-based Nano, Micro and Small Enterprises, NMSEs.

The agency, in a statement issued by its Head of Corporate Affairs Division, Mr Ibrahim Mohammed, said the fund is operated in partnership with Sterling Bank Plc.

Director-General of SMEDAN, Olawale Fasanya, was quoted in the statement 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 the programme is a promotional mechanism to enhance enterprise output, competitiveness and job creation and the disbursing entity, under the programme shall be Sterling Bank Plc.

The SMEDAN boss identified Nano, MSMEs operating in the real sector with value-added agricultural products as the target beneficiaries for the programme, adding 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 first disbursement. This is inclusive of moratorium which may vary between three to six months depending on the type of enterprise,’’ he said.

Fasanya further 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/ sterling bank matching fund programme 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,’’ Fasanya said.

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