The RUE chicken company limited is a newly established company in The Gambia to be engaged in the production of poultry products. The company is the brainchild of Mr. Jewuru Touray, a 29-year-old young Gambian entrepreneur from Gidda Kantora in Upper River Region.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with this reporter at his office yesterday, Mr. Touray outlined the factors that motivated him to establish a project of this scale.
After having stayed in the US for 13 years, Mr Touray decided to return to contribute his quota to the socio-economic development of the country. According to him, chickens constituted an attraction for him, so much so that he always visited poultry farms in Atlanta. He said that he was also encouraged by one Ngaing Thomas, a veteran journalist he met in the US, to come back and invest in his native land.
Mr Touray noted that in consideration of the current increasing market demand, the REU chicken company is determined to use its technical expertise and high production capacity to compete effectively with a view to producing adequate supply of chicken to the Gambian market, which he observed is currently dominated by foreign suppliers.
“As a Gambian to provide fresh chicken to my compatriots is my wish, and as a young investor I am looking forward to be fully engaged in the development of the poultry industry. Consequently I will no doubt need all the necessary support from the Gambian community and government to make my enterprise a success,” he intimated.
The poultry firm, according to its proprietor and Managing Director, has a production capacity of 20, 000 chickens per month. He disclosed that they have the most modern technical facilities to fulfill all the health requirements and to produce qualitative and affordable products.
Mr Touray, an ambitious young entrepreneur, underscored his company’s determination to meet the market demand within six months, adding that the prospects for the current market demand are quite good.
He said that his company would among other things provide foreign exchange, good health and employment for the country.
Mr Touray applauded the Gambia government, GIPFZA, NAYAFS, Department of State for Agriculture and individuals who in one way or the other contributed in making his dream come true.
He finally appealed to other Gambians, both in the country and abroad, particularly the youth, to take advantage of the favourable investment climate to participate in the socio- economic development of the country.
The poultry firm, located at Latiria in Kombo North, is expected to start production at the end of February 2008 and has a staff roll of 50 employees for a start.