Madhya Pradesh is planning to sell Kadaknath chicken meat at milk outlets to cater to the growing demand. The government has launched the project on a pilot basis.
So what is Kadakhnath?
Kadaknath or Kali Masi is a breed of chicken originating from the Jhabua and Dhar districts of western Madhya Pradesh.
Why is it important?
The Gramin Vikas Trust of Krishak Bharati Cooperative (KRIBHCO) of MP state had sought geographical indication (GI) for the protein-rich and black coloured meat of Kadaknath variety of chicken, which is mainly reared in Jhabua. The trust had applied for GI tag in 2012 on behalf of tribals of Jhabua district who breed the variety.
Chhattisgarh based Global Business Incubator Private Limited (GBIPL) had also sought GI tag for the chicken breed, claiming that the birds are bred uniquely in the state's Dantewada district.
Which state got the GI certificate and from which government entity?
MP. From Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai.
What is geographical indication (GI)?
A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region, or country). The use of a geographical indication acts as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin. It often enhances its commercial value.