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Kadaknath chicken meat from Madhya Pradesh gets GI tag

Published on August 06, 2018
Kadaknath chicken meat from Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh has received Geographical Indication (GI) tag from Chennai based Geographical Indication Registry and Intellectual Property India.
Kadaknath chicken meat from Madhya Pradesh gets GI tag
  • GI tag denotes that the product comes from a particular geographical location.
  • Kadaknath chicken was awarded the GI tag in the "Meat Product, Poultry & Poultry Meat" category.
  • The application for GI was made by Gramin Vikas Trust of Krishak Bharati Cooperative (KRIBHCO) on behalf of tribals of Jhabua district who breed the variety.

Importance of this GI Tag:

  • GI tag will ensure that no one else can use name Kadaknath Chicken while selling any other black chicken.
  • It will also enhance its commercial value that will translate into higher prices for producers mainly from the tribal districts of Jhabua.

About Kadaknath Chicken:

  • Kadaknath or Kali Masi (flowl with black flash) is a unique breed of chicken that is completely black in colour.
  • It is completely black with black plumage having greenish iridescence, black legs, beak, tongue, comb and wattles.
  • Apart from its meat, its bones and most organs are also black. 
  • Its black colour stems from the deposition of melanin pigment.
  • This breed of chicken is popular for its adaptability and flavourful good-tasting black meat, which is believed to have medicinal properties.
  • It is a native of the tribal districts of Jhabua, Alirajpur and parts of Dhar in Madhya Pradesh.
  • It is produced mainly in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states of India.
  • Kadaknath chicken contains 25-27% of protein in comparison with other breeds of chickens that contain 18% protein.
  • It is also known for its high iron content.
  • It has fat and cholesterol content lower compared with other chicken breeds.
  • Due to this special characteristics, Kadaknath chicken’s chicks and eggs are sold at a much higher rate than other varieties of chicken.
  • This chicken breed is very popular among local tribal people mainly due to its adaptability to the local environment, disease resistance, meat quality, texture and flavour.


Q1. Where is Kadaknath chicken meat that has received a Geographical Indication (GI) tag, from?
a. Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh
b. Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh
c. Madhepura district of Bihar
d. None of the above

Q2. What is the colour of the Kadaknath breed of chicken?
a. White
b. Red
c. Black
d. Blue
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