Dong Tao chickens are distinctive for its rough, gigantic drumsticks (Photo: VNA)

Northern Hung Yen province’s Dong Tao commune is now boasting its special chicken as a local collective trademark.

Distinctive for its rough, gigantic drumsticks, Dong Tao chicken features heavy figures, thick skin and red meat. The delicacy has long been popular among gourmet groups across the country.

The trademark recognition is the result of a project coordinated by Hung Yen’s Department of Science and Technology and the Investip company since May 2013. Under the project, a local association was set up to protect the rights of its 60 members who follow strict farming and processing criteria of the copyright product while launching market promotion.

The association’s head, Le Quang Thang, said the initiative has equipped his members with breeding and farming techniques as well as facilitated local farmers to access different markets.

As such, 2,000 households in the commune are raising 40,000 Dong Tao chickens that generate considerable annual revenue through trading.

According to Ngo Xuan Thai, Director of the provincial Department of Science and Technology, another project on preserving and developing the species is also underway in a bid to expand its farming model in Dong Tao to other parts of the province.-VNA