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Agriculture accounts 15% of our loans portfolio-Sterling Bank CEO

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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sterling Bank Plc, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman has said Agriculture accounts for 15% of the bank’s portfolio.

Fidel Info reports that he said the bank is ready and willing to invest more in Nigeria’s agricultural sector, having invested more than N100 billion so far.

The CEO stated this in his closing remarks at the Agriculture Summit Africa (ASA) 2022 themed: “Engineering a Trillion Dollar Agricultural Economy,” which held recently both physically and virtually with more than 10,000 attendees from across the world.

Agriculture is one of the five sectors of the economy that the bank has focused its investments since 2018 as part of her HEART (Health, Education, Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Transportation) of Sterling strategy. The others are health, education, transportation, and renewable energy.

Suleiman remarked that apart from the Bank of Agriculture, there was no other financial institution that has committed its resources to agricultural financing like Sterling Bank.

“When we started the journey about five years ago, we were very clear in our minds that we did not just want to make it a talk show and we have been changing the focus of the conversation from moving away from identifying problems to providing solutions and now we are bringing stakeholders together in a bid to effectively move the conversation forward with action.

“We started it because we wanted to focus on agricultural financing where there was a significant gap. Every time we meet a stakeholder or a regulator, we noticed a different perspective of what the problem was and therefore it became clear to us that if we do not bring all the stakeholders together to harmonise their views and understanding, we will continue to remain in the dark” he said.

 The CEO mentioned that the summit became imperative as part of the global conversation on food security due to the consequences of global trade which was so obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic when there was a global disruption in the supply chain.

“So, this conversation about food security in Africa is one that we will continue to sponsor because of its existential purpose which is about leveraging our competitive advantage” he said.

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