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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.

Success Stories

Registration of Mithun as Food Animal

Registration of Mithun as Food Animal
On July 28, 2016, Dr Abhijit Mitra, Director, ICAR-NRC on Mithun called on Sri TR Zeliang, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Nagaland at the residential office in Kohima and briefed him about the achievements of the Institute. The discussion of the meeting focused on a number of issues namely registration of mithun as a food animal under the FSSAI; inclusion of mithun rearing as a profitable venture in the Vision-2030 of Nagaland; establishment of mithun farms under the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry of Nagaland; a celebration of an event, possibly an annual ‘mithun day’, across the NE states and need of bankable schemes for mithun husbandry. Hon’ble Chief Minister lauded the ICAR-NRCM for its continual scientific efforts towards understanding mithun production and health. He also kindly agreed to take up a Cabinet note to discuss the issue of registration of mithun as a Food animal with FSSAI. The intervention and guidance of the Hon’ble Chief Minister will immensely benefit the Mithun husbandry and Mithun farmers of the region.

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Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar visited ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Nagaland - 26 June 2022

Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar visited ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Nagaland - 26 June 2022
On 26th June 2022, Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar visited ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Nagaland. On his maiden visit to ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said that Mithun is a unique bioresource of  Northeast India and it is everyone's responsibility to conserve it. “Earlier Mithun was reared in the free-range system, but now as the agriculture is increasing, forest cover is decreasing, so farmers should adopt an...

ICAR NRC on Mithun celebrates International Yoga day – 21st June 2022

ICAR NRC on Mithun celebrates International Yoga day – 21st June 2022
The International Yoga Day was celebrated on 21st June, at NRC on Mithun by organizing a Mass Yoga practice session. The session was led by Yoga instructor, Shri Ravinder Gupta from Patanjali Yog Samiti, Dimapur. The objective of the session was to promote overall health benefits through Yoga which was attended by the employees of ICAR NRC on Mithun including contractual workers.

ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Nagaland conducted Farmers Scientist Interaction Programme - 17th June 2022

ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Nagaland conducted Farmers Scientist Interaction Programme - 17th June 2022
A farmer-scientist interaction programme was organized by ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema at Mani Village of Papumpare district on 17th June 2022. During the farmer scientist interaction programme, farmers have raised different issues about mithun farming. Dr Kezha discusses semi-intensive mithun rearing and how it will benefit people economically. The scientific information related to advanced mithun husbandry was also provided to mithun rearer by the scientific team...

Farmers training on “Scientific rearing of pig for better productivity and doubling income generation” - 06 June 2022

Farmers training on “Scientific rearing of pig for better productivity and doubling income generation” - 06 June 2022
A one-day training programme on "Scientific rearing of pig for better productivity and doubling income generation" under TSP (Tribal Sub-Plan) was conducted by ICAR-NRC on Mithun on the 6th of June, 2022 in the institute’s conference hall. The aim of the programme was to encourage pig farmers to better productivity and double their income generation. The training programme started with an inaugural function which was chaired by the director of the institute and a short welcome note was also...

Technology Commercialization Meet - 04 June 2022

Technology Commercialization Meet - 04 June 2022
ICAR-NRC on Mithun Nagaland has organized Technology Commercial Meet on 04-06-2022. During this meeting, Mr Sanjib Biswas CEO of Creative Displayers from Kolkata participated. The different designs and technologies of ICAR-NRC on Mithun were presented by Dr Debojoti Borkotoky and Dr Nazrul Haque, innovator during this event.