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Union Minister Shri Giriraj Singh visited ICAR-NRC on Mithun

Hon’ble Shri Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying on his maiden visit to Nagaland visited ICAR-NRC on Mithun on 9th November,2019. He was accompanied by Shri R. Khing, Hon’ble Advisor, Dept. of AH & Veterinary Services and Women Resource Development, Govt. of Nagaland and Shri L. Khumo, Advisor, Dept. of Fisheries. Dr. J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General (DDG), Fisheries & Animal Sciences also graced this occasion.
Speaking during inaugural programme at ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Shri Giriraj Singh, the Chief Guest of today’s programme described the mithun as unique social animal which may play a pivotal role in the economic development of mithun rearing states and also to generate employment to educated unemployed youths. He emphasized semi-intensive rearing of mithun which not only provide meat but also a good source of milk and dung. Shri Giriraj Singh also interacted with the KVK officials and demonstrated how to prepare vermicompost using soil, decomposed material of moringa and banana leaves, dried mithun dung and earthworm. This decomposed material is good source for earthworm production. He also proposed an innovative model of rearing colored poultry birds like Vanaraja and Gramapriya on the earthworm produced in the decomposed material comprising of mithun dung, leaves of Moringa and banana and distillery by-product which are locally available. This integrated system comprising of mithun-poultry bird and vermicompost model not only will provide good source of protein feed to the poultry but also will help in domestication of mithun and improving livelihood security to the farmers. Using this model at least one thousand poultry birds can be reared on the dung of only one mithun. This model has a potential to earn Rs. 10 lakhs in a year through the sale of eggs and other poultry products.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr. J. K. Jena, DDG (Fisheries & AS), ICAR mentioned that ICAR-NRC on Mithun is the only Research Institute in the world and highl ighted the importance of mithun in rural economy. Dr. Abhijit Mitra, Director, ICAR-NRC on Mithun mentioned the importance of mithun for social and economic development of the state. He also raised his concern about the non-availability of banking scheme for getting loan for mithun rearing and lack of insurance for mithun husbandry. He informed the house that resolution to include mithun as food animal has been passed from Nagaland Assembly and also been cleared by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) but still clearance from FSSAI is pending. He requested the Chief Guest to take some initiative to include mithun as food animal. Dr. Mitra also requested the Hon’ble Minister to include mithun in all the centrally sponsored schemes available for cattle and buffaloes so that mithun farmers could be benefited.