Thursday, February 2, 2023

Kronu urges farmers to take up scientific Mithun farming

ICAR-NRCM celebrates 35th foundation day

Minister of Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue & Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu on Saturday urged upon Mithun farmers to take up scientific Mithun farming.
Speaking as special guest at the ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun (ICAR-NRCM), Medziphema 35th Foundation Day programme and stakeholders’ meet, Kronu acknowledged ICAR-NRCM on their research and extension activities.
“I am highly impressed how the Mithuns are managed in the Medziphema farm and we are lucky that NRC on Mithun is at our place”, he remarked.
He pointed out that this was the right time for people to increase the Mithun population by adopting scientific rearing practices and highlighted the importance of identification and propagation of evergreen plant species and development of pasture lands for sustainable Mithun rearing.
Kronu also pointed out that Mithun dairy and meat tourism helped engage local Mithun farmers with tourism development.
Earlier, the minister inaugurated Semen Processing Laboratory building and planted a sapling at ICAR Mithun farm, Medziphema.
Delivering a speech as guest of honour, Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC), Y Kikheto Sema disclosed that there was rapid decline in the forest cover and that the population of Mithun was decreasing.
In this regard, he stressed on the need for bankable Mithun projects with zero interest.
APC lauded the hard work of the entire ICAR-NRCM for the development of technologies benefitting farmers.
“Mithun occupies an esteemed position among North East people that remains inseparable in socio-economic and cultural life”, he stated.
Kikheto also suggested forming a committee constituted of APCs from different Mithun-rearing states in order to take up Mithun farming as commercial activity.
In his address as guest of honour, ICAR-CIRC Meerut, UP, director Dr. Abhijit Mitra stated that Mithun did not compete with other livestock feed resources as it can thrive easily on forest foliage.
He emphasised on the scope of Mithun as organic, functional and alternative food and asked suggested ICAR-NRCM to come up with Mithun festival, Mithun day or Mithun cuisine day for wider popularisation.
He also urged upon the farmers to stop the indiscriminate slaughter of well-built large-size Mithun that should instead be kept for breeding.
At the programme, ICAR-NRCM director, Dr. M. H. Khan delivered the welcome address and highlighted salient achievements of the institute over the last 35 years.
Inputs were also distributed to farmers and a stakeholders’ meet was held where resource persons from NABARD and SBI interacted with Mithun farmers.

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