5th June, 2020, Medziphema, Nagaland
The ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland organized a Webinar on “Perspective of Agroforestry for Improved Mithun Husbandry” on the occasion of World Environment Day today.
In his inaugural address, Dr. S.K. Chaudhari, Deputy Director General (Natural Resource Management), ICAR applauded the Institute’s conservation efforts for a steady increase in Mithun population in the country. Dr. Chaudhari stressed on the judicious selection of trees for improved Mithun nutrition and the adoption of the Khonoma model of agroforestry. He also urged for focusing on establishing the Mithun breeding farms and the popularization of artificial insemination in the farmers' field.
Appreciating the popularization of semi-intensive Mithun farming, Dr. Habibur Rahman, Regional Representative (South Asia), International Livestock Research Institute, & Former Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR urged for transferring the developed technologies and packages of practices to the poor farmers.
Dr. Shiv Kumar Dhyani, Senior Agroforestry Specialist, ICRAF-South Asia Regional Programme deliberated on the researchable issues pertaining to nutrient composition and strategic propagation of fodders for mithun husbandry.
Dr. Virendra Pal Singh, Representative for South Asia at CIAT, CGIAR stressed on determining the forest land’s carrying capacity for making the Mithun Husbandry sustainable. Dr. Singh also highlighted the importance of healthy soil for producing healthy fodder.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. Abhijit Mitra, Director, ICAR-NRC on Mithun highlighted the socio-economic importance of champion animal of North-East India - Mithun.
The scientists and staff members of ICAR-NRC on Mithun and Krishi Vigyan Kendras from all the Mithun rearing States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland participated in the Webinar.
(Source: ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland)