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Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurates biotech infrastructure facility in Nagaland

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It is a DBT funded facility which will conduct studies on Mithun, a semi-domesticated animal of bovine family

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, recently inaugurated the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) funded biotech infrastructure facility (BIF) at ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun (ICAR-NRCM), Jharnapani, Medziphema, Nagaland. Mithun is a unique large semi-domesticated animal of the bovine family, endemic to the North-eastern States of India.

According to a PIB release, Vardhan acknowledged that ICAR-NRCM is the only institute of its kind in the world solely dedicated to the conservation, propagation and development of Mithun which itself is geographically limited to Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. The ICAR-NRCM farm has established modern scientific facilities for the rearing of Mithun under a semi-intensive system that consists of various farmer-friendly technologies developed by the institute namely feed block, mineral block, area specific mineral mixture and low-cost feed formulation using industrial by-products.

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