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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ICAR –NRC on Mithun Celebrates World Zoonoses Day on 6th July 2021

Celebration of World Zoonoses Day
On 6th July 2021, ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Medziphema organized a one-day webinar on “Impact of Zoonotic Diseases on Human Health and its Control Measures’’ on the occasion of “World Zoonosis Day”. This webinar was organized as a part of the capacity-building program with the objectives to educate and to create awareness to the stakeholders about Zoonotic diseases which are transmissible from animals to human beings and its control measures.  At the outset, Dr. M.H. Khan, Honourable Director,...

IRC Meeting of ICAR-NRC on Mithun (10/06/2021)

IRC Meeting of ICAR-NRC on Mithun (10/06/2021)
  IRC Meeting of ICAR-NRC on Mithun (10/06/2021) ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland conducted an IRC meeting for the year 2021 on 10th June under the Chairmanship of Dr M. H. Khan, Director of the institute. Dr Rajan Gupta, Principal Scientist (AP &AN) virtually attended the meeting from ICAR Headquarter, New Delhi and stressed on the timely publication of completed research work. He further urged to frame projects pertaining to the assessment of economics of mithun...

ICAR-NRC on Mithun celebrates 33rd Foundation Day

ICAR-NRC on Mithun celebrates 33rd Foundation Day
ICAR-NRC on Mithun celebrates 33rd Foundation Day ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun (ICAR-NRCM), Medziphema, Nagaland celebrated its 33rd Foundation Day on June 2nd through video conferencing. ICAR-NRCM is the only research institute that exclusively works on the Mithun. Shri. Temjen Imna Along, Hon’ble Minister of Higher Education & Tribal Affairs, Govt. of Nagaland has also attended the program as the Special Invitee via video conferencing. He virtually inaugurated the newly...

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...