Last Updated on August 31, 2021 by Faith Ezeh

Cross River Chicken Processing Factory (CALACHIKA), located at Ayade Indusrial Park, along Goodluck Jonathan By-Pass, Calabar, did not only make impressive sales and offer job opportunities to many youths during the Christmas season, it sure made families eat full and healthy. Governor Ayade who is the brain behind this laudable
project confirmed that the impressive sales were results of the subsidized rates at which the well processed products were sold to families, as the idea was to make it possible for all families to have enough protein to feed on at Christmas. In his words when introducing the chicken concept to the people, the Governor noted, “This Christmas, we are making chicken available to all Cross Riverians through our poultry processing factory which takes live-birds, processes them and delivers direct to homes, for consumption”. He said that the idea of CALACHIKA was borne out of the deep concern that no family in Cross River should find it so difficult to cope with the rising cost in chicken sales, considering how they would cope during the festive season. “Chicken today sells for N5.000.00 (Five thousand
Naira) and above, in the open market in Cross River state but the government has asked that the operators at CALACHIKA sell theirs at the rate of N1800.00 (One thousand, Eight Hundred Naira) only, with subsidy of about N1000.00 (One thousand Naira) only and as fresh as they are”, he said.
The ultra-modern chicken processing factory with capacity to carry and process 2000 birds a day, is first of its kind in the South South region and was duly test-run to follow specifications with modern standard.
The Governor said that the factory was principally set up to create more jobs and opportunities for the numerous youths of the State and urged them, therefore, to take advantage of the existence of the chicken factory to also, key into poultry production as well.