ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun in collaboration with ICAR-NMRI, Hyderabad and KVK, Peren inaugurated a highly beneficial and informative five days training program from 28th August to 1st September 2023 under the ICAR-NMRI-NEH fund. The training program is based on the theme “Improving the Productivity, Quality, and Profitability of Mithun Operations through Commercial Mithun Production and Value Addition.” The training program is being conducted for Mithun farmers from Peren, Nagaland. The program aims to provide farmers with the knowledge and skills required to effectively manage mithun farming and to make mithun a more sustainable and profitable livestock option. The content and knowledge are being delivered through a combination of lectures, discussions, and field visits by experts from ICAR-NRC on Mithun, ICAR-NMRI, and KVK Peren. The demonstrations are being conducted to provide the participants with hands-on experience in mithun farming practices and the preparation of value-added Mithun meat and milk products.
Dr. Hevito, Deputy Director of the Department of Animal Husbandry, was the Chief Guest at the event. He highlighted the importance of scientific mithun farming in the northeastern region and encouraged farmers to actively participate in the training program. He explained the importance of mithun to farmers and how scientific farming can benefit them.
Dr. Kalita, HORC, ICAR Nagaland Centre acted as the guest of honour, and emphasized the significance of value-added Mithun production and marketing to improve the economic viability of the mithun industry. He explained that value addition can be achieved through a variety of methods, such as processing, packaging, and branding. He also discussed the benefits of direct marketing, which allows farmers to sell their products directly to consumers and avoid the costs associated with intermediaries.
Dr. Girish Patil, S., Director of ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, expressed his gratitude to NMRI, Hyderabad, and KVK Peren for their collaborative efforts in organizing the event and lauded the participants for their active engagement. He emphasized the importance of collaboration between KVKs, research institutions, and farmers in increasing mithun productivity by sharing knowledge and expertise, developing and implementing new technologies and practices, and addressing common challenges.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Jyoti, Scientist, and course coordinator, ICAR-NRC Mithun, Nagaland.