In line with the Aviation Minister’s Cargo Perishable Initiative, the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar has been designated as one of the nation’s Agro-Perishable cargo airports.
This was disclosed by the Director, Cargo Development, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Mr. Rowland Ofule during a visit to the Cross River State Governor’s office in Calabar, where he was received by the state Acting Governor, Mr. Efiok Cobham.
Mr. Roland remarked that over the years, local farmers have faced the challenge of access to markets, adding that the initiative will allay their fears and encourage them to be more productive thereby boosting the economy of the state and the nation at large.
He also stressed the need for farmers to be properly educated on this initiative.
On his part, Mr. Cobham expressed his appreciation of the choice of Calabar Airport to drive the Federal Government’s transformation agenda. He also requested the Federal Government to extend the airport runway in line with current realities, saying this would enable aircraft with bigger tonnage ply the airport without hitch, as well enable it function optimally to meet up its new status as a cargo airport.