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

First Mithun calf (Mohan) born from Cryopreserved Embryo

First Mithun calf (Mohan) born from Cryopreserved Embryo
"MOHAN", the first mithun calf was born through embryo transfer technology (ETT) from a cryopreserved embryo at the National Research Centre on Mithun, Jharnapani, Nagaland, India on May 12, 2012. The embryo was preserved in liquid nitrogen (-1960C) for 100 days. This is the third successive birth of mithun calf through embryo transfer. The first calf named as "BHARAT" was born on March 27, 2012 and the second calf "PRITHVI" on May 11, 2012 survived only for two days due to premature delivery. The ETT programme was initiated at the Institute around five years ago and this is the third success in mithun. The scientists of college of Veterinary Sciences, Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara, Guwahati and  NRC on Yak, Dirang (Arunachal Pradesh) have also made significant contribution in this endeavour. The ETT will help to multiply and propagate quality germplasm of this magnificent species. Additionally, the standardized protocol for cryopreservation of mithun embryos and its successful application in ETT will help in conservation and propagation of mithun in the field. This technology is the conglomeration of use of the best quality of sperm and oocyte (unlike AI where only the best quality sperms are used) and can produce 10-12 calves at a time from a single cow.

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News and Announcements

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...

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.