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The ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun was established in June 1988 in the state of Nagaland under the aegis of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to provide impetus on the research work on Mithun (Bos frontalis). Mithun, a ruminant species belonging to the family Bovidae and assumed to be the domesticated form of wild gaur (Bos gaurus) is indigenous to the eastern Himalayas and referred to as the ‘sacrificial ox’ of the North-Eastern Region of India. It plays an important role in the traditions and rituals of the vast tribal population of this region.

ICAR-NRC on Mithun has been playing key roles in the conservation, breeding, and health management of this magnificent species. The scientists of this Institute, in the past 28 years, have generated significant scientific information and developed many farmers’ friendly technologies and a package of practices for making mithun husbandry a sustainable commercial venture.

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Patent Granted for Technology: A Novel method of Chrome Tannage of Mithun Hides with Glyoxalic Acid

Patent Granted for Technology: A Novel method of Chrome Tannage of Mithun Hides with Glyoxalic Acid
Patent Granted for Technology: A Novel method of Chrome Tannage of Mithun Hides with Glyoxalic Acid Date of filing: 07/11/2012 Application No. 1276KOL/2012

Enhancing Farmers' Incomes through Scientific Mithun Farming

Enhancing Farmers' Incomes through Scientific Mithun Farming
The ICAR-NRC on Mithun organized a three-day exposure visit cum hands-on training program titled "Enhancing Farmers' Incomes through Scientific Mithun Farming" from February 12th to 14th, 2024. The training was attended by 30 farmers from Kadi village, Tamenglong District, comprising 26 males and 4 females. Various topics were covered during the program, including the benefits of semi-intensive Mithun farming, Mithun care and management, feeding techniques, Mithun diseases, and value addition...

Mithun mela cum Technology injection programmme: Empowering Mithun Farmers in Loth Village, lower Subansiri, Arunachal Pradesh

Mithun mela cum Technology injection programmme: Empowering Mithun Farmers in Loth Village, lower Subansiri, Arunachal Pradesh
ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun organized a groundbreaking event, the "Mithun Mela cum Technology Injection Programme," at Loth village on 14th February 2024. This initiative, held in collaboration with Department of Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Dairy Development, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and other line departments, aimed to disseminate crucial advancements and foster sustainable practices in Mithun farming. Mithun farmers, researchers, and government officials converged to...

Scientific Mithun Rearing for Farmer Livelihood Enhancement

Scientific Mithun Rearing for Farmer Livelihood Enhancement
An enlightening awareness program, "Scientific Mithun Rearing for Farmer Livelihood Enhancement," held in collaboration with ICAR - NMRI, Hyderabad, recently took place in Thsuruhu village, Zunheboto district, Nagaland. The event, conducted on 08.02.2023, aimed to equip Mithun farmers with modern techniques to enhance productivity sustainably. Throughout the program, farmers received invaluable insights into breeding, nutrition, health management, and sustainable farming practices crucial for...

ICAR-NRC on Mithun extends support for Diet and Biomarkers Study conducted by ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) in Nagaland

ICAR-NRC on Mithun extends support for Diet and Biomarkers Study conducted by ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) in Nagaland
Diet and Biomarkers Study in India Phase II study conducted by ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, Department of Health and Research, Government of India, focusing on assessing the nutritional status and prevalence of anaemia and micronutrient deficiency across various demographic groups in India. In Nagaland, this study commenced in January 2024 and will span six months, targeting 100 villages per district from six randomly selected districts. The data collection process involves...