2nd June, 2020, Medziphema, Nagaland
The ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland celebrated its “32nd Foundation Day” through video conferencing today.
While inaugurating the ICAR-NRC on Mithun’s new website and state-wise painting and drawing competition for school children, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra Secretary (DARE) & DG, ICAR applauded the Institute’s efforts in deciphering the Mithun’s origin by next-generation sequencing, attaining a high success rate of artificial insemination in Mithun and providing regular training to farmers on Mithun rearing activities. Dr. Mohapatra urged for exploring and utilizing the latest technologies like microchip and GPS tracker for traceability of Mithuns left freely in the forest areas for grazing. The DG stressed on the need to develop Mithun Breeding Policy for each of the Mithun rearing states, the use of genomic tools for selection of Mithun bulls, extended use of embryo transfer technique and promoting and branding of Mithun meat and milk and value-added products as organic produce.
In his Foundation Day Lecture, the Guest of Honor, Dr. Kamal Malla Bujarbaruah, Former Vice-Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat & Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR underlined the Mithun’s remarkable ability for thriving in the forests without being susceptible to a wide range of pathogens and parasites. Dr. Bujarbaruah urged for taking-up the future research on rumen microbiome, Mithun genomics to improve productivity and multiply the same through assisted reproductive technology.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. Bhupendra Nath Tripathi, Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR appreciated the Institute’s efforts in overall increase of the Mithun’s population and its conservation that is benefiting the tribal population of the North-East India, especially Mithun farmers. Dr. Tripathi urged to focus on the disease’s impact and find out the risk and causal factors affecting the Mithun.
In his welcome address, Dr. Abhijit Mitra, Director, ICAR-NRCM highlighted the Institute’s achievements over the last 32 years.
The Directors of ICAR Institutes along with the farmers from Mithun rearing states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, and Nagaland participated in the programme through video conferencing.
(Source: ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland)