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Conserving Mithun germplasm
Published on 2 Apr. 2010 1:03 AM IST
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NRC on Mithun has been engaged in the scientific breeding and management research programmes related to Mithun. The prime objective of the Institute is to conserve and propagate the superior Mithun germplasm.
To achieve this objective NRC on Mithun has come up with an outreach project for quality Mithun germplasm conservation. This project has earmarked 3 pockets- 2 in Nagaland and one in Arunachal Pradesh. Two pockets in Nagaland have been identified and NRC on Mithun has adopted 2 villages namely Khonoma (Kohima District) and Thüvopisumi (Phek District) of Nagaland.
The scientists and senior level technical officer of the institute along with director visited Khonoma on April 1 for interaction session with the farmer of adopted village located in Khonoma area.
Around fifty Mithun farmers and rearers participated in the interactive session. The programme started with briefing of the programme by Dr. Anupama Mukherjee and detail outline was presented by Director Dr. Chandan Rajkhowa.
All the scientists from various disciplines actively participated in the discussion and explained the various activities of the institute as well as the technology developed at NRC on Mithun which are on the pipeline for dissemination to the farming community. Dr S. K. Das Senior scientist, IVRI (Indian Veterinary Research Institute) Eastern Regional Centre Kolkata also participated as a special invitee in the programme.
An animal health camp was also organized for the benefit of Mithun rearers and appropriate medicines distributed for treatment of diagnosed diseases. Apart from different farmers Dr. Rüvngutuo, retired Director medical services who is also a Mithun rearer actively participated in the discussion.
Hulie Mor, village council chairman assured full cooperation from all corners for successful implementation of the programme. Later, all the participants visited the forest areas where Mithun are being reared.

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