Kadaknath breed of rooster to foray into Khammam

Seeking popularity:The Kadaknath breed of roosters at the demonstration unit of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Wyra of Khammam district.– PHOTO: G.N. RAO
Seeking popularity:The Kadaknath breed of roosters at the demonstration unit of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Wyra of Khammam district.– PHOTO: G.N. RAO

Known for its unique black colour and black meat, the rooster suits the taste and preference of health-conscious people

The unique jet black coloured rooster christened ‘Kadaknath’ – the indigenous fowl breed of tribal heartland in Madhya Pradesh – is all set to foray into the predominantly tribal-populated Khammam district if the ambitious plans of the Wyra-based Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) to popularise the low-fat and protein-rich native breed of chicken among local farmers are any indication.

The KVK has a small number of Kadaknath roosters known for their unique black colour and black meat that suits the taste and preference of health conscious people. Kadaknath breed of fowls stands out from other popular native variety of roosters at the demonstration farm of KVK by virtue of their unique jet black colour

The Kadaknath breed rooster acclaimed wide popularity in various parts of the country as a viable means of boosting income levels of rural households through backyard poultry farming.

Several farmers from various mandals in Khammam division evinced keen interest in the breed during a demonstration organised by the KVK scientists in Wyra recently.

Gauging farmers’ interest in the indigenous breed of rooster, KVK officials have drawn up plans to hold more demonstrations to highlight the benefits of rearing Kadaknath breed of fowls in terms of income and nutritional value among low-income families, particularly in tribal pockets of the district.

The breed is most suitable for backyard poultry rearing considering the low investment involved and good returns assured by it, says Hemanth Kumar, programme coordinator, KVK, Wyra.

Some farmers are rearing Kadaknath breed fowls in Sattupalli in Khammam district and a few other places elsewhere in the State, besides Tadepalligudem in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.

Efforts are under way to popularise and promote backyard rearing of indigenous breed of roosters such as Kadaknath, Giriraja and Vanaraja to supplement the income of rural households and cater to the demand for eggs and meat

The protein-rich Kadaknath black meat contains low fat compared to other breeds of chicken, particularly the broiler variety.

This makes the Kadaknath breed most suitable for backward rearing to supplement income and serve nutritional needs of tribal people, he remarks, adding that farmers were being given tips on taking up backyard country chicken farming.

Inadequate availability

Inadequate availability of Kadaknath chicks and lack of proper financial support are posing major hurdles in undertaking backyard poultry farming using the most sought-after Kadaknath roosters, deplores Suresh, a tribal farmer of Venkatapuram.

The government agencies concerned should provide Kadaknath chicks free of cost and extend subsidies to exclusively promote the farm enterprise in remote tribal pockets of the district, he suggests, asserting that such a move would help check drought-induced migration in Agency areas.

source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Telangana / by P. Sridhar / Khammam – April 14th, 2016

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