The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has launched a series of videos in national and regional languages about agriculture financing products and procedures to create awareness among the farming communities across the country, especially in the underserved areas.
These videos will be disseminated through social media and digital platforms of SBP and all agriculture lending banks.
Lack of awareness among farmers about agriculture financing products and services remains one of the challenges for banks to access rural markets and extend the outreach of formal financial services to the farming communities. Capacity building & awareness creation is, therefore, an important area of focus among SBP’s various initiatives for the promotion and development of agriculture financing in the country.
SBP has been organizing various awareness and capacity-building programs for farmers, however, farming communities still lack awareness at the grassroots level to avail and optimally utilize formal financial services. In order to address this lack of awareness and to broaden the scope of SBP’s campaigns, the potential of digital media is being explored.
Rapid penetration of the internet and increased usage of smartphones across the country have presented an opportunity to harness digital platforms for disseminating information instead of relying on conventional awareness sessions, which have limited outreach. The use of the digital medium is not only helpful in spreading the message to a wider audience in a timely and cost-effective way, but also enables such messages to have a higher rate of comprehension and retention.
The first video in this series covers the overall agriculture financing landscape of the country, SBP’s initiatives, and GoP’s schemes, all from a farmer’s perspective. Keeping in view the need for enhancing accessibility of credit in the diverse underserved areas, this video has also been translated into three regional languages apart from Urdu, i.e. Sindhi, Balochi, and Pashto.
The next two videos in the series focus on the crop and non-crop sectors, including information regarding agriculture loan products, and diving deeper into the procedures and documentation required for both segments.
It is expected that these videos will help the farming community to overcome their reluctance in availing of credit from banks. Moreover, to augment SBP’s initiative and achieve greater reach, agriculture lending banks will also share these videos on their respective social and digital media channels which will encourage banks to develop similar informative videos on product and financing opportunities for agro-based businesses as well.
Overview of Agricultural Financing
Video 1 – Urdu Adaptation
Video 2 – Sindhi Adaptation
Video 3 – Pashto Adaptation
Video 4 – Balochi Adaptation
Farm Sector Financing Video 5 – Urdu Adaptation
Non-Farm Sector Financing Video 6 – Urdu Adaptation