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 born through Artificial Insemination

First Mithun calf born through Artificial Insemination
Artificial insemination (AI) technique in Mithun has been standardized and implemented successfully both in farm and field condition at NRC Mithun, Nagaland First Mithun calf under field condition was born in 6 May 2010 using a standardized AI technique at Mithun rearing area of Khonoma village in Kohima district of Nagaland. For AI, we require to have a standardized method of collection of semen and its preservation. The institute has been successfully standardized the collection procedure of semen with an innovative way of spraying urine of estrus female on the dummy cow for attracting the bulls. Moreover, the method of preservation of semen has also been standardized. Two Mithun cows were synchronised into oestrus by using the protocol developed at the Institute. Cryopreserved semen were used for insemination. The cows conceived following insemination and one of them gave birth to healthy male calf. Mr. Selie Khate, the proud owner cows is a very happy and now approached us along with the other farmers to continue the progamme in their village.

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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.