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NRC on Mithun Celebrated 31st Foundation Day 8th June, 2019.

In the morning several facilities namely, Mithun Bull Shed, Experimental Sheds and Fencing of the Mithun Farm were inaugurated by Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries and Animal Science), ICAR, New Delhi. Foundation stone of the Semen Processing Lab was also laid. Tree plantations were also done in the Mithun Farm.

In the commemoration session, Dr. Jena, Chief Guest, stated that the institute of 31 years old has finally reached a vibrant age where it has to now be taking wise decisions and become accountable for its actions as expectations are bound to increase. The foundation day according to him is a day of introspection for the institute of its past years activities, achievements and urged the institute to set a roadmap with sectoral vision document for the next 25 to 50 years. Mithun the bovine species is unique which very few people know or heard off, hence he wished that in the coming years people should be made aware and educated about mithun and its importance in livelihood security and stressed on the need to conduct behavioural studies on mithun to better understand them.

Ms. Bano Haralu, retired journalist and wildlife conservationist and Guest of Honour, said that Nagaland as a state is very rich in bio-diversity with changing vegetation every 1000 ft change in altitude. But due to rampant hunting and traditional sacrificial practices there is drastic decrease in the wild life population. She requested we all take a pledge to safeguard our eco-system and abide by one principle i.e. not to take in access, be greedy or over indulge. Dr. Capt. G. D. Rao, Dean, College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, CAU, Jalukie, Nagaland and Guest of Honour, lauded the efforts of the institute over the years and stressed on the need to target the upcoming youths on the conservation of mithun.

Dr. Abhijit Mitra, Director of the Institute, welcomed the dignitaries and gave a brief description on mithun and its population dynamics in the existing scenario.

On this occasion awards to the best employees of the Institute were distributed. Under the Tribal Sub Plan, 70 rolls of barbed wires, 10 bundles of CGI sheets, 01 number of travis, 10 pairs of gumboots and 10 number of raincoats were handed over to Pungwa Village Council, Peren District, Nagaland for establishment of semi-intensive Mithun rearing unit.A Farmer-Scientist interaction was also organized where queries of farmers on animal husbandry were addressed by the scientists of ICAR-NRC on Mithun.

Farmers, students from SFS School band, Medziphema that played the National Anthem and the Scientists from ICAR- Research Complex for NEH Region, Nagaland Centre participated in the program.