International Yoga Dey, 2016
Scope of Mithun Husbandry in Meghalaya, Nov 22: The first ever Awareness Programme cum Farmers Scientist Interaction on Scientific Mithun Rearing was jointly organized by ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland and KVK-East Khasi Hill District, Meghalaya with an aim to explore the possibilities of introducing Mithun (Bos frontalis) in Meghalaya. The programme was held in Mawphlang Village, Upper Shillong, East Khasi Hill District on 21-22nd November, 2016.
The programme was formally inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri Kenned C. Khyriem , Honble MLA Mawphlang constituency & Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Tourism Govt of Meghalaya, in presence of the Shri L. Blah, Honble MDC, Mawphlang constituency, Dr. B.C. Deka, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone III, Barapani, Smt. D. Syiemiong, Director of Agriculture, Govt of Meghalaya and Dr. AbhjitMitra, Director, ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Nagaland, Dr. K. K. Kharmiphen, Joint Director, Veterinary & AH, Govt of Meghalaya, and farmers & other stakeholders. Altogether 150 farmers with 50 officials from various institutions have attended the programme.
Different ICAR Institutes namely ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Nagaland, ICAR-Research Complex for NEH Region, Barapani, Meghalaya, Department of Veterinary & AH, Govt of Meghalaya, Department of Agriculture, Govt of Meghalaya, KVK-East Khasi Hills District, Meghalayaput up their respective stalls to display the farmers friendly technologies.
Director, ICAR-NRCM Abhijit Mitra, in his opening remarks welcomed all the dignitaries and farmer friends. He apprized about the mandate of the Institute and various initiative and technologies generated. Mithun is Natural Gardener help helps to conserve of forest eco-system and Mithun can be metonym as Meat, Milk, and Money he added. Mithun is most secular animal therefore mithun husbandry is not only profitable but has no religious taboos asserted by him.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest Shri Kenned C. Khyriem appreciated the organizer and hoped such events would bring awareness in local communities regarding adoption of mithun husbandry as an alternative source of livelihood as well as will reduce the import of meat . Scientific Mithun rearing would not only improve the livelihood of the farmers but also help in rejuvenation of the forests cover, asserted the Chief Guest.
Guest of Honour Shri L. Blah also expressed his happiness on the initiatives of ICAR-NRCM, in creating awareness among the farmers for mithun husbandry.
Dr. B. C .Deka emphasized that the Mithun is integral part of socio-economic life and pride of other states of NEH viz. Arunachal, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur. Meghalaya having similar agro-climatic conditions may also adopt the mithun rearing he added. The dignitaries and farmers visited all the stalls and a movies on Mithun Husbandry were showed to farmers. Later, a farmers-scientist interaction were organized in which farmers have expert opinion for the problem faced by them on various aspects of animal husbandry.
Earlier on 21st November, a team of scientists from ICAR-NRC on Mithun & KVK-East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya conducted village survey through participatory rural Appraisal (PRA) to get first hand information on Animal Husbandry & other allied activities in the village and discuss about the scope & opportunities of mithun husbandry in the area.
The briefing of programme was given by Dr. M.H.Khan, Senior Scientist, NRC on Mithun, and Smt. I. Kharkongar, PC, KVK-East Khasi Hill delivered the welcome address. Dr.Akhilesh Kumar, Scientist, NRC Mithun, Dr SosongLungkumer, RA,Dr.Samudra, SRF, AibanrihunLyngdoh, SMS (Horticulture), SamborlangMalngiang, SMS (Fisheries), BakordalinChyne, SMS (plant Protection), Rike C. A. Sangma, SMS (Agronomy), BaiaishahlangSyiemlieh, Farm Manager, GenialdaNongtdu, SRF have also participated. Smt. B. Chyne, SMS given vote of thanks.