Lending funds available for SMEs, farmers, fisherfolks

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), farmers and fisherfolks and their cooperatives and associations, can avail of agricultural lending program to increase their productivity.

The Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF) lending program is now accessible through state-owned Land Bank of the Philippines.

Eligible projects include purchase of farm input and equipment or farm improvement; acquisition/establishment of agri-based production and post-production and processing machineries, equipment and facilities; and relending to farmers and fisherfolk.

Loans are meant to augment conduit funds for relending to agrarian reform beneficiaries/small farm holders (ARBs/SFHs) to finance their livelihood and agri-enterprise projects; and boost conduit’s funds for relending to member ARBs/SFHs to finance their house or office repairs.

Loan amounts for livelihood/agri-enterprise are up to PHP1 million per farmer/fisherfolk, while up to PHP5 million per project per borrower for farmer and fisherfolk cooperation/association.

These carry an interest rate of 6 percent per annum.

For production, forms of collateral include combination of Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) insurance and/or agricultural guarantee fund pool (AGFP) guarantee coverage if applicable, and assignment of expected produce.

In acquisition of fixed assets, these are any or combination of chattel mortgage on object of financing, assignment of expected produce, and PCIC insurance proceeds.

Loan applicants should submit a business plan about their project containing market, technical, management, financial, and environmental aspects.

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