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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

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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NRC on Mithun established night shelter in Middle Khomi and Pholami villages to promote semi-intensive mithun farming

NRC on Mithun established night shelter in Middle Khomi and Pholami villages to promote semi-intensive mithun farming
ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Medziphema conducted training programmes at Middle Khomi and Pholami village on 6th and 7th December 2022 respectively under Phek district of Nagaland state. Altogether 110 farmers were befitted with the training on scientific rearing of mithun under semi-intensive system for enhancing production and productivity. The input materials were also distributed to the farmers for establishing semi-intensive mithun farming in the village. It may be noted that Institute has...

ICAR-NRC Mithun and Patkai Christian College ink MoU for undertaking joint Research Programme

ICAR-NRC Mithun and Patkai Christian College ink MoU for undertaking joint Research Programme
Considering the scope of collaborative participation in the various research programme to be mutually agreeable, Director, ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Medziphema, Dr Girsh Patil and Principal of Patkai Christian College, Chumukedima, Dr. Thepfuvilie Pieru, signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 28th November, 2022 for jointly undertaking various research programmes in the near future. The Institute is having well-equipped laboratories and most scientific instruments for conducting research,...

ICAR-NRC on Mithun, registered a design

ICAR-NRC on Mithun, registered a design
The ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Nagaland has registered design for "Desave Portable Mineral Block Dispenser for Animals" under class 30-03 (Design number: 324931-001) to the Patent Office, Government of India.

Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare visits ICAR-NRC on Mithun Farm on 13-11-2022

Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare visits ICAR-NRC on Mithun Farm on 13-11-2022
Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare was on her visit to the ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun Farm, Nagaland on 13-11-2022. The Union Minister lauded the efforts of the institute for establishing a Mithun farm and creating awareness about the scientific Mithun farming among farmers. She also urged the Director of the Institute to attract more and more farmers towards Mithun farming and for conducting research to find out the nutritional and...