Indian states Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh both staked their claim for the nativity of a protein-rich breed of chicken popularly known as Kadaknath.
The neighboring states have filed applications with the Geographical Indication registry office in Chennai to obtain the “GI tag” for the black-winged chicken breed.
Kadaknath is known for its high iron content and much lower cholesterol than other breeds. It also sells at a much higher price than other varieties.
“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,” said MP animal husbandry department’s additional deputy director Dr. Bhagwan Manghnani.
“The Gramin Vikas Trust of Jhabua applied for the GI tag in 2012 on behalf of the tribal families involved in breeding it.”
Meanwhile, Global Business Incubator Private Limited (GBIPL) Chairman Srinivas Gogineni said the bird is reared in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district in a unique way and in a homely atmosphere.
GBIPL, a private company, has been roped-in by the Dantewada district administration for helping tribes 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.