Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited

Mohammed Arifeen

Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) erstwhile Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan (ADBP) is the premier financial institution geared towards the development of agriculture sector through provision of financial services and technical knowhow.
The restructuring of former ADBP is being carried out with the aim to uplift the agriculture and rural sector by raising farm productivity, streamlining the institutional credit and increasing income generating capacity of the farming community.
ZTBL was incorporated as a Public Limited Company on 14th December, 2002 through repeal of ADB Ordinance of 1961. Thereby transforming the bank as a corporate entity to serve as R.F.I
The new corporate structure redefines the bank’s status as a public limited company registered under companies Ordinance’1984 with an independent Board of Directors which aims at ensuring good governance, autonomy, delivering high quality.
ZTBL is a key R.F.I
ZTBL is a key R.F.I of Pakistan providing affordable, rural and agriculture financial/non-financial services to the rural Pakistan, comprising 68 percent of the total population.
The Bank through a country-wide network of 488 branches is serving around half a million clients annually and over one million accumulated account holders with the average loan size of around Rs.162331 serving 68 percent, 29 percent and 3 percent of subsistence, economic and large growers respectively.
The total assets of the Bank stand at Rs.123 billion with authorized capital of Rs.25 billion as of 31.12.2011, with a nation-wide working strength comprises 5789 employees.
The share of ZTBL in total national institutional agricultural credit outstanding is 40 percent as on 30.06.2013.
Corporate Objectives
” Develop and operate as a financially and operationally sustainable R.F.I of the country.
” Assist rural community, particularly the small farmers, in raising their productivity and income levels through timely delivery of credit, advisory and ancillary services.
” Build ZTBL’s image as a proactive, client friendly, financially and operationally sustainable with indigenous product deployment.
” Establish and provide backward and forward linkages to strengthen agri. value added commodity chains.
” Engage in public – private and wholesale – retail partnership to deepen outreach and reduce operating cost.
” To function as a rural commercial bank to mobilize rural capital formation and to commercialize the agri. sector by delivering the true value of credit to the client.
Provide a wide range of risk insurance products to its clients.
” Open up its venues of operation to Domestic & International Banking Industry to avail comparative advantages.
Transformation of ZTBL to R.F.I of the country and road to excellence.
Healthy and well-functioning rural finance markets are directly related to achieving the two key national policy objectives of accelerating rural/agriculture growth and reducing poverty.
The realization of these objectives depends on the simultaneity of developments in rural finance and non-financial markets to foster the creation of diverse sources of rural finance to build sustainable financial institutions, and stimulate products and capital flows in the rural sector.
For this, rural finance must be seen as an integral part of equitable development within a framework of macroeconomic stability.
The ongoing corporatize restructuring lays the basis for fundamental reforms for rural finance market development.
The recurring financial drain, pursuing the old rural finance paradigm and the narrowing fiscal space have also promoted a shift in Government strategy that now seeks viable intermediaries for enhancing outreach.
For the majority, access to affordable rural finance services is also important to enable them to compete in the post-World Trade Organization scenario.
Inability to compete because of high financial costs could reduce income of the majority of farmers and rural clients, particularly the small and subsistence clients.
Lack of access to affordable rural finance services will also prevent the clients from switching to non-farm activities.
ZTBL restructuring plan
The ZTBL restructuring plan covering the following; (i) governance: establish an environment that facilitates good governance and accountability; (ii) systems: modernize operations through use of technology, networking, and communication tools; (iii) business processes: streamline products and delivery systems so as to reduce transaction costs, simplify operations, and increase outreach; (iv) products and services: introduce products and services that are financially economically viable; (v) human resource development: improve standards and skills of management and staff and strengthen training capacity; and (vi) IT: establish new hardware and software platform to support MIS, accounting system including forensic accounting, and risk management functions.
The reforms shall establish ZTBL as a key R.F.I of the country, aiming to outreach annual rural clientele to 600,000. By expanding its private sector role, the bank aims to establish network of high tech rural and agri. financial services through intermediations under public private participation and whole-sale retail lending mechanism.
Government decides to revamp ZTBL
The government has decided to revamp Zari Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) after issues pertaining to its financial viability and sustainability were raised at a meeting of Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet.
The task of Bank’s revamping has been assigned to Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD) Tariq Bajwa, who has sought a business plan from the management designed to make it financially viable.
The government rescued the Bank from its financial collapse through financial restructuring of Rs 94.6 billion.
Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) detected billions of rupees of financial mismanagement in Zarai Tarqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) besides declaring Kissan Support Service(s) Limited (KSSL), a company established without the approval of SBP, illegal.
According to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of ZTBL, the Bank’s Board in its meeting held on July 18, 2014 and the shareholders of the Bank in extraordinary general meeting held on August 13, 2014 approved the conversion of SBP debt of Rs 89.491 billion into 8,949,089,476 fully paid-up ordinary shares as equity investment of SBP in the Bank and the ZTBL’s claim against the GoP was waived-off/ written-off.
However, owing to certain accounting issues raised by the external auditors of SBP, the transaction could not be executed.
On December 28, 2016 ECC was informed that Government of Pakistan had issued guarantees amounting to Rs 51.257 billion to State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in favour of ZTBL from November 11, 1985 to November 22, 1993.
While converting ZTBL into a public limited company, the subordinate debt of Rs 3.204 billion of SBP was also guaranteed by the GoP on November 18, 2002.
The guarantees had not been executed. The total outstanding debt of SBP including principal amount and mark up against ZTBL was Rs 90.616 billion as on December 31, 2015.
The whole issue was considered by Finance Division and it was decided that the principal debt amount of Rs 54.460 billion outstanding against ZTBL as on December 31, 2015 be converted into redeemable preference shares carrying profit of 7.5 per cent per annum, redeemable in 10 years in one bullet payment on December 31, 2025.
The principal of the preference shares i.e. Rs 54.660 billion and return would be guaranteed by the Federal Government.
The accrued mark up of Rs 40.156 billion as on December 31, 2015 was approved to be converted into ordinary shares of ZTBL.
According to Ministry of Finance, shareholders of the ZTBL had approved conversion of SBP debt into ZTBL equity.
Corporate formalities in this context had been completed with the SECP. The principal debt of the preference shares and return would be guaranteed by the federal government.
ZTBL management had requested for issuance of guarantee of Rs 54.460 billion by the GoP in favour of SBP for principal debt of the preference shares and return thereon.
The fresh guarantee of total value of Rs 54.460 billion would be required in lieu of previous guarantees and debt repayment guarantees.
Accordingly, the draft guarantee was forwarded to Las and Justice Division for vetting; Ministry of Law and Justice had vetted the guarantee.
Ministry of Finance requested the ECC to approve issuance of guarantee of Rs 54.460 billion by GoP in favour of SBP for principal debt of the preference shares and return thereon.
After detailed discussion, the ECC approved the proposal on the recommendation of Finance Ministry.
The ECC also directed Secretary EAD to convene a meeting with the ZTBL management for preparing of a revamping plan for the Bank and present to the ECC in its next meeting.
Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) has recovered an amount of Rs 107.579 billion from its borrowers by the end of the year 2017, showing an increase of 5.17 percent as compared to the corresponding period of last year.
Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) has recovered an amount of Rs 107.579 billion from its borrowers by the end of the year 2017, showing an increase of 5.17 percent as compared to the corresponding period of last year.
The bank has recovered an amount of Rs 102.281 billion during same period of the year 2016.
The bank had disbursed an ever highest amount of Rs 97.128 billion among 345,131 borrowers across the country including Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan during the period.
An amount of Rs 22.700 billion was disbursed for development category of loans whereas, an amount of Rs 74.429 billion was disbursed as production loans in order to enhance agriculture and livestock production in the country.
Besides, the bank recovered an amount of Rs 1.876 billion of SAM loans, whereas it had fetched deposit of Rs 71.00 billion as on December 31, 2017.
Highest credit and entity rating
Being the largest agriculture lending institute of the country, the bank has successfully maintained the highest credit and entity rating of AAA/A-1+ as evaluated by JCR-VIS.
Introduced several new initiatives in order to promote agriculture and livestock sector
The spokesman of the bank further informed that besides credit disbursement and recovery the bank has also introduced several new initiatives in order to promote agriculture and livestock sector as well as agro related business in the country.
In order to promote the agriculture value addition, the bank has introduced Kissan Assan Karobar Scheme and Financing For Ostrich Farming to promote agriculture related businesses.
To enhance the outreach of the bank 28 new branches have been opened during the year 2017, consequently total number of branches has been increased to 488 thereby, increasing the outreach of ZTBL and supportive to financial inclusion strategy of SBP.
The bank was also offering its services to domestic consumers and started utility bills collection and it collected 1,506,131 utility bills in the year 2017.
During 2016-2017, performance of the agriculture sector remained up to the mark and achieved growth of 3.46 percent close to the target of 3.5 percent.
This was possible by better harvesting of important crops through greater availability of agriculture inputs like water, agriculture credit and intensive fertilizers off take.
During 2016-2017, cotton production was estimated at 10.671 million bales registering 7.6 percent increase over the production of 9.917 million bales in the year 2015-2016. During 2016- 2017, sugarcane production was 73,607 thousand tonnes as compared to 65,482 thousand tonnes in the last year showing a positive growth of 12.4 percent. Maize production remained 6,130 thousand tonnes during 2016-2017 as compared to 5,271 thousand tonnes last year showing growth of 16.3 percent. Wheat production was estimated at 25,750 thousand tonnes registering 0.5 percent increase over the production of 25,633 thousand tonnes last year.
Bank’s assets & net advances have shown an increasing trend however the net profit and earnings per share declined as compared to corresponding period last year.
Bank’s total assets stood at Rs.220.370 billion while the same for the Group were at Rs.220.753 billion during the period January to March, 2017.
Net advances of the Bank remained at Rs.136.171 billion.
The Group declared net profit of Rs. 154.214 million.
The Bank disbursed an amount of Rs. 28.154 billion during first quarter as against annual lending target of Rs. 100.947 billion for the year 2017 with a pace of 28 percent.
The number of borrowers served during the period January- March for the year 2017 was 96,610 as compared to 91,229 borrowers served during corresponding period of last year.
ZTBL has launched a new scheme to provide financing for “Hay Packing” during the reporting period.
During the period January-March, 2017 agricultural loans amounting to Rs. 29.577 billion have been recovered as compared to Rs. 28.434 billion recovered during the same period last year with a growth of 4.0 percent.
The Bank disbursed an amount of Rs. 28.154 billion during first quarter as against annual lending target of Rs. 100.947 billion for the year 2017 with a pace of 28 percent.
Deposit and other accounts of the Bank rose to Rs. 64.852 billion as on 31.03.2017 and the same of Group remained Rs. 64.679 billion.
The Bank has achieved collection of 301,384 numbers of utility bills during the period under review against an annual target of 2,000,000 bills for the year 2017.
For inward remittances through western union, 3,849 transactions have been carried out during the period January-March, 2017.
During the 1st Quarter of the year 960 lockers of the Bank have been occupied.
Quality Assurance Department has been created under Operations Division with an essence to provide best quality services to customer and to achieve highest level of customer satisfaction.

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