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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News and Announcements

ICAR-NRC on Mithun Celebrates Mahila Kisan Diwas

ICAR-NRC on Mithun Celebrates Mahila Kisan Diwas
ICAR-NRC on Mithun Celebrates Mahila Kisan Diwas  Mahila Kisan Diwas was celebrated at ICAR-NRC on Mithun on the 15th October 2020 to recognize the contribution of women in agriculture. As part of the celebration, a debate on the role of women in pig and poultry farming in Nagaland was organized. Lectures on various topics pertaining to scientific pig and poultry rearing and on the prospects and potential of poultry and piggery as an entrepreneurial activity in Nagaland was...

Tribal Sub-Plan Sponsored Training on “Scientific Pig and Poultry Husbandry”

Tribal Sub-Plan Sponsored Training on “Scientific Pig and Poultry Husbandry”
      Tribal Sub-Plan Sponsored Training on “Scientific Pig and Poultry Husbandry” ICAR-NRC on Mithun organized a three days hands on training on “Scientific Pig and Poultry Husbandry” from the 14-16th October 2020. The training was organized in collaboration with ICAR-Regional Complex for North Eastern Hill Region, Nagaland Centre. As part of the training, an exposure visit to the Institute mithun farm was also organized for the participants to educate and...

Farewell of Dr. Abhijit Mitra on 15 October 2020

Farewell of  Dr. Abhijit Mitra on 15 October 2020
        Farewell of  Dr. Abhijit Mitra on 15 October 2020

Second Meeting of IAEC/CPCSEA 2020.

Second Meeting of IAEC/CPCSEA 2020.
      Second Meeting of IAEC/CPCSEA 2020 A meeting of IAEC of ICAR-NRC on Mithun was held on 07/10/2020 (Wednesday) at 3 pm via video conferencing (zoom). All the newly approved IRC Projects were presented and discussed by PIs during the meeting for IAEC clearance. The meeting began with welcome address by Director (A) and Chairman, IAEC Dr. Nazrul Haque. Dr. Gunjan Das, Dr. P. Chattopadhyay and Mr. L. Biswajeet Meitei took part in the meeting as the external CPCSEA...

150th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Mahatma Gandhi Ji

150th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Mahatma Gandhi Ji
    150th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Mahatma Gandhi Ji Today (01.10.2020) at ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Swachhta Pledge-taking Programme and a Written Quiz Competition on the topic titled ‘Gandhiji’s Autobiography and Indian Freedom Struggle’ were held. The pledge was taken by all the staff members in the presence of Director (A) Dr. Nazrul Haque. The quiz competition was coordinated by Dr. Vivek Joshi, Scientist, Animal Health.