Mithun Mela cum Farmers Awareness programme
Under Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP), ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland organized an Interface meeting with the officers of Dept. of Vety. and A.H., Govt of Nagaland State in Kohima on 7 March 2017 to popularize mithun rearing under changing climatic scenario.
In the inaugural session, Sri M. K. Mero, Commissioner & Secretary, Dept. of A.H. and Vety., Govt of Nagaland, who was the Chief Guest of the Interface Meeting, informed the house about the various schemes namely Gokul Mission for mithun rearing in the State. He further suggested that mithun rearing scheme can be included under Entrepreneur Development and Employment Generation (EDEG) programme of National Livelihood Mission (NLM), Govt of India.
Dr. I. P. Khala, Director, Vety. and AH, Govt of Nagaland welcome the Senior Officers of the Dept., CVOs from different districts of Nagaland and other delegates including the Director and Staff of ICAR-NRCM. Dr. Khala expressed his sincere thanks to ICAR-NRCM for organizing this important Interface meeting entitled Present status and future scope of mithun rearing in Nagaland State.
Dr. Abhijit Mitra, Director, ICAR-NRCM, while emphasizing the importance of such Interface meeting with the stake holders, stressed the need to create the awareness for conserving the best community mithun bulls for breeding purpose and not to slaughter such precious male animals for feast.
In the Round Table Session, Director, ICAR-NRCM apprised the delegates about the different research achievements and technologies developed by the Institute and presented a road-map for scientific mithun rearing in the state. Dr. K. Gwirie, Deputy Director, Dept of Vety and AH, presented a brief account of the schemes and different efforts being executed by the Dept. for mithun rearing. It was followed by Open House Discussion to deliberate on various issues related to mithun rearing, viz. management of diseases, registration of mithun as food animals, and studying carrying capacity of the forest. The House agreed that semi-intensive system of mithun rearing should be replicated in the farmers field for better economic return and a stake-holders workshop involving other line Depts namely Forestry, Agriculture, Cooperative, Rural Development and Banking Institutions to be conducted at the earliest. Besides meat, the efforts should also be made to popularize the use of mithun for milk and hide.
75 Senior Veterinary Officers from different districts of Nagaland and Scientists of ICAR-NRCM, Nagaland participated in this Interface Meeting.