ICAR-NRC on Mithun Organized Awareness programme on “Farmer Producer Organization (FPO)” for Mithun Farmers Prosperity at Porba, Phek

ICAR-NRC on Mithun Organized Awareness programme on “Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) for Mithun Farmers Prosperity” at Panchayat hall, Porba, Phek on 16th May 2023. The programme was Chaired by Dr. Girish Patil S, Director, NRC on Mithun and Dr. Imsunaro, DDM (Phek), NABARD acted as Chief Guest. The programme witnessed other Dignitaries and about 120 farmers from five villages of Phek district, Nagaland. The programme started with the welcome address by Dr. Esther Longkumer, Program Coordinator, KVK, Phek. Thereafter, Dr. Narendra, V. N. Scientist (Agril. Extn.) presented information regarding FPO its benefits and activities and the procedure for the formation of FPO. Dr. Imsunaro, DDM (Phek), NABARD further listed out the requirements for establishing FPOs and the process for getting financial support. Mr. Kartik, Anitra, Hyderabad briefed about the M-Anitra app which will be useful for registration of the farmers and Mithun and marketing of Mithun. He also briefed about identification by Muzzle imaging which will help in the identification and traceability of Mithun in its habitat. Further, Dr. S. K. Verma, Principal Scientist, Central Institute for Research on Cattle (CIRC), Meerut, UP explained about the advanced technologies for enhancing productivity in Mithun. He also assured all support from CIRC for promoting Mithun production in NER. Farmer–Scientist interaction was held in which the Scientists of NRC on Mithun answered the queries raised by the farmers. Dr. Nazrul Haque, Principal Scientist delivered a detailed presentation on Organic farming and its benefits for the Mithun farming community. Finally, the programme was addressed by the Chairman who listed the interventions being undertaken by NRCM to promote Mithun production in the Phek district of Nagaland. After the program input materials viz., fencing material and feed were distributed to the farmers by Dr. S. K. Verma, Principal Scientist and Dr. Sushil Kumar, Principal Scientist, CIRC in the presence of Dr. Girish Patil, S., Scientist and other Scientists of NRCM. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Narendra V.N., Scientist (Agril. Extn.), Dr. Ester Longkumer, Sr. Scientist & Head I/C, Dr. Sapunii Stephen Hanah, Sr.Scientist (LPM) and Dr. Kobu Khate, CTO, Animal Science.

After the event Scientists of NRCM and the M-Antira team held detailed discussions with the Chairman of different Mithun Communities regarding the present production practices and the hurdles faced by them in Mithun husbandry.

Address by Dr Girish Patil, S., Director, ICAR – NRC on Mithun, Nagaland

Participants of the training with Director, NRCM and other dignitaries

Distribution of input materials to Mithun farmers by Dr S. K. Verma, Principal Scientist, CIRC and Dr Sushil Kumar, Principal Scientist, CIRC, Meerut in presence of Director, NRCM, Scientists and KVK Staff