8th to 11th June 2019, Medziphema, Nagaland
The ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun celebrated its 31st Foundation Day at Medziphema Campus in Nagaland on 8th June, 2019.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries and Animal Science), ICAR, New Delhi stated that on completing its 31st successful years, the Institute should pledge to play an active role to educate the people in the states of Mithun rearing about the Mithun’s importance in ensuring the livelihood security. Dr. Jena urged to prepare a roadmap with a strategic sectoral vision document for the next 25 to 50 years for addressing the issues to promote the livestock species in the North-Eastern Hilly region.
During the occasion, the Dr. Jena inaugurated the newly constructed Mithun Bull Shed, Experimental Sheds and Fencing (3 km) of the Mithun Farm along with laying the foundation stone of the Semen Processing Laboratory.
Dr. Jena was on his three-day visit to the Institute.
Ms. Bano Haralu, Retired Journalist and Wildlife Conservationist and Dr. Capt. G.D. Rao, Dean, CoVS, CAU, Jalukie, Nagaland also marked their presence as the Guests of Honor.
The Best Employees of the Institute were also conferred with Certificates and Trophies during the occasion.
The Pungwa Village Council, Peren District, Nagaland was handed-over the inputs like barbed wires, CGI sheets, Travis, gumboots and rain-coats for the establishment and promotion of semi-intensive Mithun rearing units under the Tribal Sub Plan.
On 10th June 2019, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Phek and its host Institute - ICAR-NRC on Mithun organized a one-day “Mithun Mela-cum-Farmers-Scientists’-Interaction” in the Porba village.
In his address, the Chief Guest of the occasion, Dr. Jena urged the unemployed youths of the village for venturing into piggery, poultry and fishery enterprises along with the scientific mithun rearing.
A total of 70 Mithuns were vaccinated against the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) during the Mela. Around 418 farmers from Porba, Gidemi and Pholami village attended the Scientists-Farmers’-Interaction Meet.
Earlier, Dr. Abhijit MItra, Director, ICAR- NRC on Mithun urged to develop the village into a model village and an eco-tourism hotspot in order to attract the visitors for witnessing Mithun, the state animal of Nagaland. He also emphasized the importance of Mithun rearing as an occupation for sustaining the livelihood security.
On 11th June, 2019, Dr. Jena also visited the Centre of AICRP on Pigs at SASRD, Nagaland University and Regional Centre of ICAR-Research Complex of North Eastern Hills Region in Medziphema.
(Source: ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland)