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Mithun Mela-cum-Technology Injection Programme was organized at Leng village Serchhip district in the state of Mizoram on the 5th March, 2020. The mela was jointly organized by ICAR-NRC on Mithun in collaboration with Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department of Mizoram. The mela began with the vaccination of the 35 mithuns against HS and BQ combined vaccine. This was followed by a mithun competition to adjudge the best mithun based on different categories. Scientist from ICAR-NRC on Mithun and state veterinary department officials were deputised to judge the animals based on various morphological and behavioural characters.

The second session began with a formal introduction of all the dignitaries and participating villages and the community hall. Chief Guest of the mela, Dr. Hmarkunga, Director, AH & Vety. Department Mizoram during his inaugural address highlighted the importance of mithun rearing in the state like Mizoram where there is very limited agricultural land. Mithun rearing according to him can serve as an alternative source of livelihood generation for the farmers of the state. Dr. Kezhavituo Vupru, Chief Technical Officer, ICAR-NRC on Mithun highlighted the purpose of conducting the Mela as well as the vision, mission and mandate of the Institute and stressed on how the over the years the Insitute through its Tribal Sub Plan has committed to uplift the mithun rearing farmers by advocating them to adopt semi-intensive mithun rearing system.

A Farmers-Scientist interaction was also conducted wherein officials of the state department and scientist from ICAR addressed the problems faced by the mithun farmers. In addition, the mithun farmers were also handed over with salt, mineral mixture, anthelmintic and other medicines for the health and welfare of the mithuns. Prizes to the winners from various categories were also distributed. The programme was attended by more than 600 farmers from about 11 villages of Serchhip district. Dr. H. Lalzampuia, Scientist, ICAR-NRC on Mithun was the TSP in-charge and coordinator for the mela.