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 Embryo Transfer Mithun Calf (Bharat)

First Embryo Transfer Mithun Calf (Bharat)
World’s first ever Mithun calf through embryo transfer technology was born at the National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland on March 27, 2012. Embryo transfer technology (ETT) being one of the best tools for faster multiplication of quality germplasm, the scientists were working to standardize the techniques for mithun since last five years.  Mithun (Bos frontalis), a rare bovine of South-east Asia is mainly confined in four different States viz., Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram of North-eastern Hill region of India.  Presently,  the  free range system of mithun rearing in  its natural habitat (forest) results in inbreeding  as well as  crossbreeding with the local cattle thereby loss of quality mithun germplasm. To address the issue of inbreeding and crossbreeding, the scientists of Animal Physiology section of the institute have successfully applied the Artificial Insemination (AI) technique both at farm and the  field (Khonoma village of Nagaland)  and produced AI-borne calves.

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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.