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

Launching of alternative semi-intensive mithun rearing system in the farmers’ field

Launching of alternative semi-intensive mithun rearing system in the farmers’ field
It is traditionally believed that mithun, a unique domesticated animal of the North-Eastern hilly region, can be reared only under free range forest rearing system. But with the decreasing forest coverage in the region, it is imperative to find an alternative rearing system. The package of practices for alternative semi-intensive mithun rearing system, developed by the Institute, has already been practiced successfully in the Institute’s Mithun Farm. On 30th April 2016, Dr. H. Rahman, Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR, New Delhi launched the alternative semi-intensive system of mithun rearing under farmers’ fields at Molvom village of Medziphema block, Dimapur, Nagaland. On this occasion, under Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP), nine mithun cows and one mithun calf were distributed among three farmers of Molvom village viz., Mr. Laljon Misao, Letthang and Veikhochong.

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14th RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE (RAC) MEETING OF ICAR-NRC ON MITHUN

14th RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE (RAC) MEETING OF ICAR-NRC ON MITHUN
  ICAR-NRC on Mithun conducted its 14th RAC meeting virtually on the 29th April 2021. At the onset of the meeting, Dr. M. H. Khan, Director, ICAR-NRC on mithun presented a brief account of the research and extension outreach achievements of the Institute. The meeting was presided by the RAC chairman Dr S. L. Goswami, Former Director NAARM Hyderabad and Former Vice Chancellor Banda University of Agri. & Technology, UP. and attended by the RAC members Dr. A. K. Tyagi, ADG (AN...

Distribution of Piglets and Pig Feed Under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) for Doubling Farmers’ Income

Distribution of Piglets and Pig Feed Under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) for Doubling Farmers’ Income
    As a part of the Institute initiative towards creating self-reliant, self-sustaining and self-generating tribal communities and doubling of farmer’s income, 50 piglets and 2000 kgs of pig feed were distributed to 99 beneficiaries from three districts of Nagaland on the 21st April, 2021 under the Tribal Sub Plan Scheme. Piglets were ear tagged and distributed to five women Self Help Groups from Mesulumi village of Phek district, Sodzulhou, Khaibung and Medziphema villages...

ICAR-NRC on Mithun registered a design.

ICAR-NRc on Mithun registered a design.
We are happy to inform you that under the initiative of ICAR-NRC on Mithun, registered a design at Patent office namely on “DRYER (Design No. 330513-001, dated 18/03/2021)” . Congratulation to Dr. Debojyoti Borkotoky and his team for their great achievement.

ICAR-NRC on Mithun celebrated World Water Day on 22nd March, 2021.

ICAR-NRC on Mithun celebrated World Water Day on 22nd March, 2021.
  ICAR-NRC on Mithun celebrated World Water Day on the 22nd March 2021. As part of the celebration, a lecture on “Valuing water” was organized for the staffs of the Institute in order to inculcate and sensitized the staffs about the importance of saving water. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Laishram Sunitibala Devi, Scientist, ICAR-NRC on Mithun.  In her lecture, she has highlighted the importance of water to human being as well as animal, the consequence of water scarcity and...

Interface Meeting with NABARD held at ICAR-NRC on Mithun

Interface Meeting with NABARD held at ICAR-NRC on Mithun
        On 19th March 2021, a team of experts from NABARD, Dimapur led by Smt L. Leivang, GM/OIC and the Scientists of ICAR-NRC on Mithun participated in Interface Meeting and deliberated on measures needed for improved mithun husbandry in Nagaland. The program commenced with the visit of officials to the Mithun Farm where they also relished highly nutritious mithun milk. The meeting was chaired by Dr. M. H. Khan, Director (A), ICAR-NRC on Mtihun and coordinated...