MP a step away from winning chicken breed battle with C’garh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Apr 2018 08:49:09



MADHYA Pradesh is inching closer to getting the nativity tag for the protein-rich breed of chicken, popularly known as ‘Kadaknath’, even as the neighbouring Chhattisgarh has also staked claim over it.
The Geographical Indication registry office in Chennai has given an initial clearance to MP for securing the ‘GI’ tag for this black-winged chicken variety.

Madhya Pradesh has filed the application with the registry for the bird’s nativity, while Chhattisgarh has sought the GI tag for the unique way in which the chicken is bred there, leading to production of a large meat volume. On March 28, the GI registry published in its journal that the application of Gramin Vikas Trust in MP’s Jhabua district is “hereby advertised as accepted” under relevant sections of the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. The trust’s application for the GI tag has been given an initial clearance under the ‘poultry meat’ category.

If the registry does not get any objection in three months, then the Jhabua-based NGO will get the GI certificate after the stipulated time, MP animal husbandry department’s additional deputy director Dr Bhagwan Manghnani said. The NGO applied for the GI tag in 2012 on behalf of the tribal families involved in breeding it, he said. ‘Kadaknath’ is known for its high iron content and much lower cholesterol than other breeds, say experts.

Chhattisgarh, which too applied for the GI tag of ‘Kadaknath’ recently, has decided not to raise any objection against MP’s claim. “We are not going to object to MP’s GI tag claim,” Saurabh Kumar, the collector of Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, told PTI over phone, adding, “Chhattisgarh filed for the GI tag in November 2017, while the MP’s plea was submitted much before that. We don’t want to engage in a fight with MP. We only want that the interest of the 180 groups of tribal women (in Dantewada), who breed about 2.5 lakh chicks of this variety every year, may not be affected.”