Foot and mouth disease have been a constant menace for the Mithun farmers of Nagaland. This is a deadly disease of cloven footed bovines and causes severe loss in the form of high morbidity and mortality. To fight this menace, technology injection programmes were organised at Meusolomi and middle Khomi villages of Phek district on June 6 and 7, jointly by National Research Centre on Mithun and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Phek.
The programme was intended to carry animal health checkups, deworming and vaccination of the Mithuns. The Mithun farmers associations and Mithun farmers of both the villages were actively involved in carrying out the camp.
Awareness was created among the farmers about various diseases of the Mithun and information was disseminated through leaflets and folders. Dr. Tombi Singh, a senior veterinarian associated with NRC on Mithun, Porba Station shared his vast and valuable experiences about Mithun farming. He emphasised about the balanced feeding practices of the Mithun. After the awareness programme, area specific mineral mixture was distributed among the Mithun farmers. The information about their traditional knowledge regarding Mithun rearing practices and use of different herbs for treatment of Mithun ailments were also collected for documentation.
About 120 Mithuns were vaccinated in both the villages against FMD and samples of blood, faeces, deep vaginal swabs and ectoparasites like ticks were collected from a representative number of animals for the serological studies and disease investigation. The information generated through these studies will help in developing disease map for Mithuns for the state.
Scientists form the institute at Jharnapani and animal health personnel from Porba station and KVK Phek attended the programme including Dr. R.K.Singh, Programme Co-ordinator, KVK Phek, Dr. Prakash Dutta, Farm manager, NRCM Porba, Dr. Devojyoti Burkotke, subject matter specialist, KVK Phek and Dr Vidya Singh, Scientist, NRC on Mithun.