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The ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun was established in June 1988 in the state of Nagaland under the aegis of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to provide impetus on the research work on Mithun (Bos frontalis). Mithun, a ruminant species belonging to the family Bovidae and assumed to be the domesticated form of wild gaur (Bos gaurus) is indigenous to the eastern Himalayas and referred to as the ‘sacrificial ox’ of the North-Eastern Region of India. It plays an important role in the traditions and rituals of the vast tribal population of this region.

ICAR-NRC on Mithun has been playing key roles in the 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 a 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 practised 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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Unity College, Department of Economics, visits ICAR-NRC on Mithun - 30 April 2022

Unity College, Department of Economics, visits ICAR-NRC on Mithun - 30 April 2022
ICAR - NRC on Mithun was visited by 21 students along with 3 faculty members of Unity College, Department of Economics on 30 April 2022. They visited the mithun farm along with the different laboratories of the institute. The students were briefly explained about the research and experiments that are currently being pursued as well as the types of equipment that are available in the institute.  

Discourse on Agro-Ecological and Livestock Practices

Discourse on Agro-Ecological and Livestock Practices
ICAR-NRC on Mithun organized “Discourse on Agro-Ecological and Livestock Practices” under the ‘Kisan Bhagidari, Prathmikta Hamari’ campaign on 28 April 2022. This campaign is a part of the government’s ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ Programme. The main objective of the programme is to educate the rural farmers to integrate agriculture and livestock farming. Dr M. H. Khan. Director emphasized how to establish small livestock enterprises and integrate them with agriculture. He explained in detail...

Hon'ble Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda Ji Visit - 25 April 2022

Hon'ble Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda Ji Visit - 25 April 2022
Hon'ble Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda Ji visited ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Nagaland on 25.04.2022. He had an interaction with the Scientists and other staff about the prospects of Mithun husbandry in improving farmers' income and the role of the institute in the propagation and conservation of the species.

Delhi Public School visits ICAR-NRC on Mithun - 22 April 2022

Delhi Public School visits ICAR-NRC on Mithun - 22 April 2022
66, class 7, students along with 2 teachers visit ICAR-NRC on Mithun

A BRIEF REPORT OF MITHUN MELA AT DAMRO VILLAGE, ARUNACHAL PRADESH - 07 April 2022

A BRIEF REPORT OF MITHUN MELA AT DAMRO VILLAGE, ARUNACHAL PRADESH - 07 April 2022
Mithun Mela, Technology awareness, Animal health camp and TSP inputs distribution programme was conducted at Damro village in Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh state on 7th April 2022. Shri Kanggong Taku, Hon’ble MLA for Mariyan/Geku A/C, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh graced the event as Chief Guest. Altogether, 312 farmers attended the day-long programme while 156 mithun were brought for exhibition in the Mela. TSP inputs were distributed to the farming community for establishing semi-...