RAC 2017



Experts from CGIAR Research Centres visited Mithun Institute

On 1st August 2019, team experts from CGIAR Research Centres, Dr. Habirar Rahman, ILRI regional representative, South Asia, and former Deputy Director General (Animal Science); Dr. V. P. Singh, Regional Representative for South Asia, CIAT and Dr. U. S. Singh, South Asia regional coordinator and India country representative, CIP visited ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland. The team is visiting Nagaland to discuss the opportunity for providing technical support associated with livestock component for the project FOCUS supported by IFAD to Govt. of Nagaland.
While visiting the Institute, Dr. Abhijit Mitra, Director, ICAR-NRCM briefed the delegation about the Institute activities as well as the prospect of mithun farming in North-Eastern Hilly states including Nagaland. The ICAR-NRC on Mithun is promoting semi-intensive rearing as an alternative to traditional free-range mithun rearing under forest ecosystem. Mithun though primarily reared as a meat animal but it has tremendous potential for providing livelihoods to the region and can be diversified as a source of milk, draught power, and leather.
The delegation also visited the Institute's Mithun Farm and witnessed the semi-intensive mithun rearing being practiced. Mithun milk, which contains as high as 8-10% fat, was also offered to the visiting dignitaries.
The visit was coordinated by Dr. Auto V, Department of Veterinary & AH, Govt. of Nagaland and Dr. Stephen S Hanah, Scientist of ICAR-NRCM.