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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 Hon’ble Chief Minister will immensely benefit the Mithun husbandry and Mithun farmers of the region.

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Lecture on “Animal Cloning Scope and Awareness”

Lecture on “Animal Cloning Scope and Awareness”
Dr. P. S. Yadav, Head, and Pr. Scientist, ICAR-CIRB, Hisar delivered an invited lecture on “Animal cloning scope and awareness” on 12th November 2021 organized by ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Medziphema. The lecture emphasized understanding the current status, scope, and potential and to create awareness among scientific staff and students on the future of cloning technologies. It is likely that advances in the understanding of cloning will lead to significant improvements in enhancing productivity by...

ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Nagaland conducted a Vaccination camp at Khonoma Village

ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Nagaland conducted a Vaccination camp at Khonoma Village
Vacination Camp As a part of the Institute mandate and initiative towards the upliftment of the tribal community along with protection measures against different diseases, Vaccination cum Animal Health camp was conducted by ICAR-NRCM Mithun, Medziphema at Mithun Conservation Unit of Khonoma village on 03.11.2021. Altogether, 67 animals were vaccinated against FMD, HS, and BQ with the active participation of 40 farmers. The program was conducted under Tribal Sub Plan by Dr. Kobu Khate, Chief...

ICAR-NRC on Mithun sign MoU with St Joseph University, Dimapur, Nagaland

ICAR-NRC on Mithun sign MoU with St Joseph University, Dimapur, Nagaland
Considering the scope of collaborative participation in the various research programme to be mutually agreeable, Vice-Chancellor, St. Joseph University, Dimapur, Nagaland, Dr D. Gnanadurai and Director, ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Dr M. H. Khan signed an MoU on 1 st November 2021 for jointly undertaking various research programmes in the near future. Expressing his happiness over the agreement, the V.C. St. Joseph University, Dimapur, Nagaland commented that this MoU is a very quick development and...