Mithun farming soon to become bankable

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 9/27/2020 9:55:10 AM IST

ICAR-NRC on Mithun conducted a workshop on “finalization of bankable mithun farming” involving the National Bank of Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD), State Level Banking Committee (SLBC) and department of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry of all the mithun rearing states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland on September 26, in collaboration with officials of NABARD from the North-East states. 

A press release by ICAR-NRC on Mithun Medziphema stated that, director, ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Dr. Abhijit Mitra, director, ICAR-NRC on Mithun informed the house on the present mithun production system and ways forward for its improvement.  Dr. Mitra urged upon the financing institutions to come forward considering the unique production system of mithun supporting the economic livelihood of many farmers in the region. 

Prof. S. Pan presented a bankable mithun scheme elaborating on financial implications, technical feasibility, and economic viability. It was agreed that after incorporating the suggestions and technical inputs given during the workshop a revised bankable scheme will be communicated to NABARD. 

From NABARD, Gopa Kumaran Nair G, GM, Itanagar, M. S. Rao, GM, Imphal, S. N. Mallick GM, Aizwal and L. Leivang, GM, Dimapur and Dr. Vivek Pathania, DGM/faculty member, National Bank Staff College, Lucknow attended the programme virtually. Convenors of the SLBC of the respective states namely DK Mahato, AGM, SBI, Arunachal Pradesh; Girin Sharma, AGM, SBI, Manipur; Lalhnilawmi, chief manger, SBI  Mizoram and Abinash Hembram, AGM, SBI  Nagaland also attended the programme. Dr. Vineet Bhasin, principal scientist from ICAR headquarter, New Delhi, scientists and technical officers from ICAR-NRC on Mithun,  officials from the department of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Arunachal Pradesh Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland attended. Vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. M. H. Khan, principal scientist, ICAR-NRC on mithun. It must be noted that unlike other livestocks, mithun farming is not yet bankable, depriving the mithun farmers from reaping the advantages of the government schemes including the National Livestock Mission launched by government of India. 

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