Mithun mela cum Technology injection programmme: Empowering Mithun Farmers in Loth Village, lower Subansiri, Arunachal Pradesh

ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun organized a groundbreaking event, the "Mithun Mela cum Technology Injection Programme," at Loth village on 14th February 2024. This initiative, held in collaboration with Department of Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Dairy Development, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and other line departments, aimed to disseminate crucial advancements and foster sustainable practices in Mithun farming. Mithun farmers, researchers, and government officials converged to exchange insights, innovations, and experiences, enriching the collective knowledge base for the benefit of the community. The event showcased technologies and research findings of ICAR-NRCM tailored to optimize Mithun rearing and management practices.

Shri Taba Tedir, Hon’ble Minister (Education, Cultural Affairs & Indigenous Affairs),  Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh graced the programme as Chief Guest. In his address, he lauded the efforts of ICAR NRC on Mithun and underscored the pivotal role of such initiatives in advancing Mithun practices in Arunachal Pradesh. Tedir emphasized the government's support for improving Mithun farming practices. He highlighted the significance of technology infusion and knowledge dissemination for Mithun development in Arunachal Pradesh. Attendees pledged to utilize newfound knowledge to enhance Mithun rearing.

Shri S Gurung, ADC, Yachuli, acted as Guest of Honour and advocated for adopting smart Mithun farming techniques during the event. He emphasized the importance of scaling up operations to enhance income opportunities for farmers. Gurung's advice underscored the potential for large-scale Mithun farming to boost economic prosperity in the region.

Dr. Girish Patil, S., Director of ICAR-NRC on Mithun, advocated for commercialization of Mithun farming, highlighting its FSSAI approval and premium market potential. He recommends utilizing the M-Anitra trading app for efficient online Mithun trading and emphasizes the importance of organic certification. Dr. Patil encouraged farmers to explore value-added meat and milk products for increased revenue. Dr. Taba Heli, Mission Director, AMYC Mission, Deptt. of AHV&DD, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh coordinated the programme and urged to farmers to take up commercialization Mithun farming.

Later, Farmers-Scientists-Veterinary officers interface meet was held fostering collaborative discussions and knowledge exchange among Mithun stakeholders. This interactive session helped to bridge the gap between research findings and practical applications, further enhancing the Mithun farming ecosystem. Event witnessed various government officials and 467 Mithun farmers, 56 Mithuns were ear-tagged and vaccinated against FMD. Inputs and best Mithun awards were distributed to encourage Mithun farming.