SBP announces relief package for farmers, SMEs in flood-hit areas

KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan has announced concessional re-finance scheme of Rs 10 billion for the revival of economic activities and to facilitate the flow of fresh credit in the flood affected areas of the country as reported by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Under the scheme a mark up of 8% per annum will be charged from the farmers and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) of affected areas by the banks against their financing for production and working capital loans advances, said State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) here on Thursday.

SBP in a separate circular has advised commercial and microfinance banks and development finance institutes (DFIs) to reschedule, restructure agriculture, small and medium entreprises (SMEs) and micro loans advances of the affected borrowers.

For all such rescheduled restructured loans and advances, banks, DFIs and micro-finance banks (MFBs) may defer loan provisioning up to September 30, 2015.

The relaxation is available for loans and advances which have become non-performing since September1, 2014 in the affected areas.

According to the provisional estimates of NDMA, as of October 15, 2014 the recent flood in the country has caused damages to the rural infrastructure and standing crops affecting around 2.5 million persons of 4,065 villages. It may be recalled that 45 districts covering farming area of around 2.4 million acres is flood affected.

The relief package announced by the State Bank will not only facilitate the existing borrowers in terms of rescheduling, restructuring of their non-performing loans but will also provide farmers, SMEs and micro businesses with an opportunity to revive their agriculture and business activities through borrowing at nominal mark up of 8% per annum from the banks.
The instructions to banks regarding flood relief package can be accessed at http

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