Kadaknath to bring prosperity in tribal farmers in Dantewada

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Nov 2017 12:01:02

By Abhishek Kumar


Nov 24,

IN a bid to promote backyard poultry work in the district, Dantewada district administration is encouraging people from naxal affected areas of the district for Kadaknath poultry farming. Speaking to The Hitavada, Dantewada district Collector Saurabh Kumar said that Kadaknath poultry farming was being promoted in the district. The district administration is providing constructed poultry shed to the people for Kadaknath poultry farming. Fund of District Mineral Foundation (DMF) is being used by the district administration for construction of poultry shed, Saurabh Kumar added. The Collector said that the district administration had sanctioned funds for around 100 Kadaknath poultry farms to Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) and 40 poultry farms to Livestock Development Department Dantewada. In addition, efforts are being made by the district administration for marketing of chickens of Kadaknath.

Deputy Director (Veterinary) Dr A P Dohre said that all kinds of measures were being taken to take care of Kadaknath chicks at the poultry farms of the district. Grower and finisher feeds are being also provided to the farmers. Kadaknath chicken is well known for its tasty black meat and enriched medicinal value. The blood of the Kadaknath is also useful for paralysis patients in treatment, the Deputy Director said. Everything of Kadaknath like chicken, blood and colour is black, he added. Senior Scientist of Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kanker Birbal Sahu told The Hitavada that over 70,000 Kadaknath chicks had been supplied to Dantewada district so far. Kadaknath is known for its medicinal properties and the bird has comparatively more medicinal properties in comparison of birds of other species.

Poultry breed ‘Kadaknath’ also known as ‘Kalamans’ is native to Jhabua of Madhya Pradesh. The bird is among the endangered species due to its excessive hunting.Kanker-based KVK of Indira Gandhi Agriculture University discovered ways for natural breeding and artificial hatching of the poultry bird. The Kadaknath contains 44 per cent of protein while the birds of other species have around 20 per cent of protein. Besides, ‘Kadaknath’ contains only 1.94 to 2.6 per cent fat while the level of fat in birds of other species is between 13 to 25 per cent. When compared to the level of cholesterol in birth of other species, it will be about 218.12 milligram/100 gram while in ‘Kadaknath’, it remains as low as 55-60 milligram/100 gram. Birbal Sahu said that the climate of Bastar region is ideal for breeding of ‘Kadaknath’.

Farmer Udaychand Sinha, a resident of Palnar in Dantewada district, told The Hitavada that the district administration had provided constructed poultry shed and Kadaknath chicks and he started Kadaknath poultry farming since September, 2017.