Welcome to National Research Centre on Mithun

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

ICAR-NRC on Mithun has been playing key roles in 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; 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 Hon’ble Chief Minister will immensely benefit the Mithun husbandry and Mithun farmers of the region.

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News and Announcements

Awareness Workshop on Prospect of Mithun Farming in the Hilly District of West Bengal

Awareness Workshop on Prospect of Mithun Farming in the Hilly District of West Bengal
  Awareness Workshop on Prospect of Mithun Farming in the Hilly District of West Bengal A one day "Awareness Workshop on Prospect of Mithun Farming in the Hilly District of West Bengal"  jointly organized by ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Nagaland & West Bengal Comprensive Area Developement Corporation, Kolkata  was held on 3rd March , 2020 at Circuit House, Darjeeling. 

Office memorandum regarding permitting of mithun related management activities for the mithun farmers of Nagaland.

Office memorandum regarding permitting of mithun related management activities for the mithun farmers of Nagaland.
Office memorandum regarding permitting of mithun related management activities for the mithun farmers of Nagaland.  Sincere thanks to the Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Government of Nagaland for their support to the Institute in helping the mithun farmers.   

Virtual Interface Workshop with KVKs of ATARI Zone VI and VII on “Promoting and Branding Mithun”

Virtual Interface Workshop with KVKs of ATARI Zone VI and VII on “Promoting and Branding Mithun”
  Virtual Interface Workshop with KVKs of ATARI Zone VI and VII on “Promoting and Branding Mithun”     On 22nd June 2020 ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland organized a one-day virtual interface workshop on “Promoting and Branding Mithun” in collaboration with the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of the Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI) of Zone VI and VII was organized by. ICAR-NRC on Mithun, being. During the last 32 years, the Institute...

ICAR-NRC on Mithun is organizing a Virtual Interface Workshop on " Promoting and Branding Mithun" with KVKs of ATARI zone VI and VII on 22nd June 2020

ICAR-NRC on Mithun is organizing a Virtual Interface Workshop on " Promoting and Branding Mithun" with KVKs of ATARI zone VI and VII on 22nd June 2020
 ICAR-NRC on Mithun is organizing a Virtual Interface Workshop on " Promoting and Branding Mithun" with KVKs of ATARI zone VI and VII on 22nd June 2020 Registration link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tce-trTMsGdYPzJ3kgjki68hbZO4-OQ1S  After the registration, a confirmation mail will be sent to your registered email ID with the meeting link.  

ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun organized a webinar on World Environment Day

ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun organized a webinar on World Environment Day
        ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun organized a webinar on World Environment Day On 5th June 2020 (Friday) ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun (ICAR-NRCM), Medziphema, Nagaland organized a webinar on ‘Perspective of Agroforestry for Improved Mithun Husbandry’ in celebration of World Environment Day. Mithun (Bos frontalis), the magnificent bovine of the North East Hilly region of India, forages primarily on forest tree leaves, bushes, and...