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ICAR-NRCM celebrates 32nd foundation day

ICAR-NRCM celebrates 32nd foundation day
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/5/2020 1:15:31 PM IST

ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun (ICAR-NRCM), Medziphema, Nagaland celebrated its 32nd foundation day on June 2.

According to a press release, speaking via video conference from New Delhi as chief guest in the function, secretary DARE and director general, ICAR, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra inaugurated the new website of ICAR-NRCM and state-wide painting and drawing competition for school children of Nagaland. He lauded the efforts of ICAR-NRCM in deciphering the origin of mithun by next-generation sequencing and providing regular training to mithun farmers. He also stressed to explore and utilise latest technologies like microchip and GPS tracker to ensure traceability and stressed on the need for mithun breeding policy, selection of mithun bulls, extended use of embryo transfer technique in mithun and popularization of mithun meat and milk.

While delivering the foundation day lecture, guest of honour, Dr. Kamal Malla Bujarbaruah, former vice-chancellor, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat and deputy director general (animal science), ICAR commended ICAR-NRCM in handling issues pertaining to research and extension.

Dr. Bujarbaruah urged to take up future research on rumen microbiome, mithun genomics, improving germplasm, and multiplying the same through assisted reproductive technology.

Guest of honour Dr. Bhupendra Nath Tripathi, deputy director general (animal science), ICAR appreciated the success of ICAR-NRCM and how in 32 years, a huge proportion of the tribal population of northeast India had benefitted from the institute, especially mithun farmers. 

Dr. Tripathi urged to focus on the impact of diseases and finding out the risk and causal factors that have led to a decline in the mithun population in Nagaland.

Earlier, Dr. Abhijit Mitra, director, ICAR-NRCM welcomed dignitaries and highlighted the achievements of the institute over the last 32 years. Directors of several animal science institutes of ICAR namely, IVRI, Izatnagar, NIANP, Bengaluru, NISHAD, Bhopal, scientists, staff members of several KVKs and farmers from all the mithun rearing states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, and Nagaland participated in the online programme.

 

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