DC Kiphire Mohammad Ali Shihab, IAS inspecting the NRC stalls during the Kiphire District Mithun Mela held at Pungro Village on November 29. (DIPR Photo)
Kiphire, November 30 (MExN): ICAR National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema organized a one-day technology awareness-cum-Mithun Mela at Pungro Village, Kiphire on November 29 The programme was organized in active collaboration with the Chief Veterinary Officer, Kiphire, KVK- Kiphire and NEIDA, Kiphire.
Inaugurating the semi-intensive Mithun Rearing project, an initiative of ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Mohammad Ali Shihab, IAS, DC, Kiphire urged the team of experts from NRC Mithun to provide all the scientific and technical support to the mithun farmers of Kiphire whenever sought for. He further stressed the active collaboration with the line departments, CVO, KVK, and NEIDA for the successful implementation of the project.
More than 300 farmers of five selected villages of Pungro Subdivision namely Pungro village, Phuvkiu, Fakim, Penkim, and Salomi village participated in the programme. The main attraction of the Mela was the mithuns which were brought by the mithun farmers. Awards for the best mithun bull, heifer, calf were also presented during the programme. It was followed by Farmers Scientist interaction where the participating farmers actively interacted with the scientist from NRCM.
Stalls were also put up by ICAR-NRC Mithun, NEIDA, Veterinary Department and SHGs, where technologies relating to mithuns were showcased. Microchip-based identification was also demonstrated where a unique identification number given to a mithun would avoid the conflict between the mithun farmers.
350 rolls of barbed wire, 35 bundles of CGI sheet, 5 numbers of Travis/controlling crates, 25 pairs of gum boots, 25 numbers of rain coat, 500 numbers of ear tags, marker and applicator and mineral mixtures and medicines were distributed to the mithun farmers of five selected villages.
Addressing the farmers, Dr S Mukerjee, Principal Scientist, NRC Mithun highlighted the research findings carried out by the Centre including the rearing techniques and disease management. He also stressed the value addition of mithun products. He also proposed to undertake breed exchange programme in collaboration with CVO where NRC on Mithun would provide three improved mithun bulls to the farmers and the farmers will in return provide three mithun bulls which will ensure breed improvement in the existing herds.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by Dr Toluvi Ayemi, CVO, Kiphire, welcome address by Y.Chitong, VCC Pungro Village, welcome song by Pungro Village Students Union, inputs distribution by Dr Kobu Khate, CTO, NRCM and vote of thanks by Dr Kezhavituo Vupru, CTO, NRCM. Scientists from ICAR-NRC on Mithun Dr. Vikram, Dr Suniti Bala, Dr H Lalzampuia, Dr Kamni Paia Biam, Dr. Vivek Joshi also participated in the programme.