Mithun Mela organized at Saptiqa village, Zunheboto, Nagaland State

16th March 2017, Zunheboto, Nagaland

ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, organized a Mithun Mela-cum -Regional Livestock Show at Saptiqa, Zunheboto, Nagaland, under Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP), in association with Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Govt of Nagaland today. The objectives of the program were to increase awareness among the mithun farmers about the scientific rearing by disseminating the package of practices generated by the institute and to highlight the potential of mithun farming in improving the farmer's income.

Mithun Mela organized at Saptiqa village, Zunheboto, Nagaland StateMithun Mela organized at Saptiqa village, Zunheboto, Nagaland State

Shri. S Chuba Longkumer, Parliament Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Service, Govt. of Nagaland, Chief Guest of the event, asserted that mithun rearing is possible through the community participation in the community reserved forests.

Shri. Er. Picto, Parliament Secretary, Law and Justice, Govt of Nagaland was guest of honor.
Shri. MK Mero, Commissioner and Secretary for Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Govt of Nagaland highlighted the gap in demand and production of meat in Nagaland and asserted the potential of mithun in meeting the deficit.

Earlier, Dr. Abhijit Mitra, Director of the ICAR-NCR on Mithun, urged not to kill the best mithun for meat purpose instead to use such animal for the breeding purpose for better offspring and encouraged the farmers to rear mithun.

On this occasion, a Mithun show competition was held at Ustomi, and Old & New Shena villages. A total of 76 mithun were presented in the show.  Besides, other livestocks including local pigs, long hair goat, indigenous poultry and organic products were also displayed. A team of Scientists from NRC on Mithun vaccinated and Ear Tagged the mithuns presented in the show. The mithun farmers were also given first aid veterinary medicines veterinary medicines.

More than one thousand people including farmers and officials from the state veterinary department, dairy cooperatives, NLDB, local entrepreneurs, village youths participated in the event.

(Source: ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland)