As Christmas draws closer, the Cross River State chicken processing factory, Calachika, has commenced sale of frozen chicken to Cross Riverians at a affordable price.
The Governor of the state, Ben Ayade who was at the factory Tuesday on a facility tour said he was impressed with the first batch of chicken being prepared for consumers for the season.
According to Governor Ayade, ” this Xmas, we are making chicken avilable to every Cross Riverians through our own poultry processing factory which takes live birds, processes it and takes it direct to homes.
“The chicken will be made available to interested Cross Riverians at a subsidized rate”
The governor rued the high cost of chicken in the market and wondered how families will cope this festive season. He however expressed happiness that Calachika has come to the rescue of such families.
“Chicken today is selling for about #5,000 n in the market in Calabar but we are giving you fresh chicken and the government of Cross River State has asked the operators to sell at #1800 with subsidy of about 1000 naira. ” he said.
The ultra modern Calachika chicken processing factory, the first of it’s kind in the South south region, was test run last month.
According to the source, the factory with installed capacity of 21,000 birds per day, according to Ayade, was poised to create job opportunities for young Cross Riverians.
The governor encouraged young Cross Riverians to see it as an opportunity to go into poultry farming.
The factory also revealed is going to be off taker for every allied poultry products produced in the state.
Photos of the River State chicken processing factory, Calachika