Conflict between MP, Chhattisgarh to get GI tag for ’Kadaknath’ chicken

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A protein-rich breed of chicken, popularly known as ‘Kadaknath’ also known as Kali Masi, has virtually become a bone of contention between Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states, with both claiming over its nativity.

The two neighbouring states have filed applications with the Geographical Indication registry office in Chennai to obtain the ‘GI tag’ for this black winged chicken variety.

Kadaknath has just about 1 per cent fat, as against 5 to 6 per cent found in other chicken breeds; the meat of this variety is also helpful for people suffering from respiratory problems. 

 “Madhya Pradesh is likely to get the GI nativity tag for the tan-blooded bird, which has its origin in the state’s Jhabua district,” MP animal husbandry department’s additional deputy director Dr Bhagwan Manghnani said. “The Gramin Vikas Trust of Jhabua applied for the GI tag in 2012 on behalf of the tribal families involved in breeding it,” he said.

Chhattisgarh too staked its claim for the GI tag of ‘Kadaknath’ recently. Global Business Incubator Pvt Ltd (GBIPL), Chhattisgarh, chairman Srinivas Gogineni said the bird is reared in the state’s Dantewada district in a unique way, and in a homely atmosphere.

GBIPL has been roped in by the Dantewada district administration for helping the tribals in livelihood generation in the area, under the public-private partnership model.

“The Dantewada administration, while taking assistance of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry(FICCI), an industry body, applied last month for the GI tag owing to the uniqueness and high production of Kadaknath in the district,” Gogineni said.

The state government-supported self-help groups of tribal women, running over 160 poultry farms in Dantewada, are engaged in the production of about 4 lakh chickens of the variety for meat annually, Gogineni said.

Meanwhile, Manghnani said the government-run hatcheries in Madhya Pradesh produce about 2.5 lakh chickens of the Kadaknath variety annually.

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