THE construction of the multi-million kina Wabag chicken factory, Enga, is expected to be completed by December.
The K12 million project is owned by Wabag District Holding Ltd.
The company is owned by the three local level governments in Wabag district and is expected to start production in January.
Company general manager Jacob Taru said on Saturday machinery for the factory had arrived from Denmark and was in Wabag.
Taru said as soon as the factory was completed, the machines would be installed.
He said a management company in New Zealand, which helped in providing technical advice, would manage the factory.
He said the factory had a capacity to process more than 1,000 chickens per hour.
Taru said they would target 5,000 farmers in the district to keep chickens and sell them to the factory.
He said the first training for farmers would start in late November before supplying them with day-old chicks and bags of stock feed to raise the chickens.
He said they had an arrangement in place with the Christian Life Training Centre (CLTC) in Banz in the Jiwaka region of Western Highlands to supply the chicks.
He said they had already identified markets, two catering companies engaged at Porgera gold mine and another one at the multi-billion kina liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Southern Highlands.
Taru said the two catering companies needed 7,000kg of chicken meat each per week.
He said if they secured other markets, they would engage more farmers to look after the chickens and increase their production at the factory.
He said they planned to build a hatchery and supply the day-old chicks.
He said it was an initiative of the local MP and former acting prime minister Sam Abal to reduce poverty in his electorate under his “Lusim Gun na Holim Sapol” policy.
Abal said the factory was for the little people to raise chicken and get money in order to improve their qua­lity of life.