Welcome to National Research Centre on Mithun

About us

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

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 on 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 females 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 was used for insemination. The cows have conceived following insemination and one of them gave birth to a healthy male calf. Mr Selie Khate, the proud owner of cows is very happy and now approached us along with the other farmers to continue the programme in their village.

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News and Announcements

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-...