The CRG is a core product offered by NIRSAL for minimizing the risks associated with agriculture and agribusiness finance and investments. By sharing up to 75% of credit risks, the NIRSAL CRG provide guarantee to financiers and investors and encourages lending to the sector.

CRG

Credit Risk Guarantee (CRG)

CRG Categories

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Smallholder/scale Farmers and Farmer Groups

Single Obligor Limit - 5 Million

CRG Cover - 75% of the loan

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Cooperatives

Single Obligor Limit - 50 Million

CRG Cover - 75% of the loan

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Large Scale Primary Producers

Single Obligor Limit - 2 Billion

CRG Cover - 50% of the loan

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Mechanization

Single Obligor Limit - 50 Million

CRG Cover - 75% of the loan

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Large Scale Mechanization

Single Obligor Limit - 2 Billion

CRG Cover - 50% of the loan

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Processors

Single Obligor Limit - 2 Billion

CRG Cover - 50% of the loan

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Integrated Farms

Single Obligor Limit - 2 Billion

CRG Cover - 30% of the loan

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Logistics Provider

Single Obligor Limit - 2 Billion

CRG Cover - 30% of the loan

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Agro-dealers, Input and Equipment Suppliers

Single Obligor Limit - 2 Billion

CRG Cover - 30% of the loan

Interest-Draw-Back

Interest Draw Back (IDB)

The NIRSAL Interest Drawback Scheme is designed to reward diligent borrower behaviour through discretionary rebates of up to 40% of interest paid, thereby reducing the effective interest rate for borrowers with a good credit history.

Rebate payments apply only to pre-approved CRG transactions and are made every 90 days subject to compliance with the loan’s underlying conditions and timely repayments of Principal and Interest during the review period.

**A CRG cover does not necessarily qualify an obligor for IDB. Qualification for IDB is at NIRSAL’s discretion.

NIRSAL believes that capacity building plays a critical role in unlocking the potential for sustainable agribusiness and agribusiness finance in Nigeria.

NIRSAL, in collaboration with relevant partners, provides training and capacity building programs for actors in the pre-upstream, upstream, midstream and downstream segments of agricultural value chains; and strengthens the capacity of financiers and investors in understanding the agriculture sector, streamlining credit assessment processes for agribusiness transactions and agribusiness finance product development.

Technical-Assistance

Technical Assistance

Business-Modelling

Business Modelling

In response to identified gaps, NIRSAL applies its expertise into the development of bespoke, optimized and sustainable business models for agricultural value chains and value chain segments. NIRSAL’s business models leverage market dynamics and technology to guarantee value chain optimization, cash flow stability and financial return maximization to key actors, particularly the smallholder farmers.

NIRSAL’s Business Models Description
Integrated Agribusiness Project Development (IAPD)

A turnkey agribusiness model which entails the aggregation of thousands of hectares of land for integrated value chain operations including year-round mechanized primary production, storage and processing using captive power from renewable energy sources for cluster activities.

The IAPD increases productivity, reduces postharvest losses, creates ready markets, increases speed to market, minimizes cost of operations, presents large bankable integrated financial tickets and increases financial returns to all participating actors.

Private Agriculture/ Agribusiness Investment Development (PAID) NIRSAL’s PAID model facilitates finance to develop brownfield projects operating below capacity through special arrangements between an agricultural land/asset owner and a technical investor/project manager as facilitated by NIRSAL for equity and debt financing.
Service to Enterprise in Agribusiness (SEA) Under the SEA model, NIRSAL partners with public institutions in possession of agricultural land assets to prepare public servants for life after retirement through training, finance facilitation and market linkage for agricultural primary production investments.
Agricultural Primary Production Aggregation Service System (A-PASS) A-PASS systematically shifts primary production from the sub-optimal disaggregated approach to a structured form through the aggregation of farmlands into blocks, cells and geo-cooperatives for the inflow of finance and linkages to input and output markets.

NIRSAL’s financing frameworks present a window of financing to address working capital constraints associated with specific segments of agricultural value chains for transactions fulfilling a set of conditions; and falling within NIRSAL business models that have been pre-agreed with financial institutions under the NIRSAL guarantee.

Financing-Framework

Financing Frameworks

innovative-Insurance

Innovative Insurance

NIRSAL, working with a consortium of local and international insurance actors, develops innovative insurance products to move Nigerian agricultural insurance from indemnity-based to Index-based Insurance.

The NIRSAL Area Yield Index Insurance (AYII) covers the smallholder farmer on expected yield based on the historical yield performance in the Agro-Ecological Zone and protects farmers’ revenues from losses due to pests, diseases, adverse weather conditions and other disasters.

NIRSAL provides comprehensive project monitoring services through nationwide boots-on-ground Project Monitoring, Reporting and Remediation Offices; and Remote Sensing via satellite-based multispectral imaging and UAS-based drone monitoring systems.

Field-monitoring

Comprehensive Field Monitoring

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Nirsal CRG Portfolio