Published on: September 25, 2023
Why in news? Northeast’s mithun gets ‘food animal’ tag
- The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recently recognised mithun, a semi-domesticated bovine animal, as a food animal
- Recognition paves the way for the promotion of its consumption (meat and milk) and commercial rearing in the Northeast.
- Though this animal has traditionally been a part of various food cultures among the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, and Mizoram, its promotion was not supported.
- M-ANITRA app was launched by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to register mithun farmers as “buyers” and “sellers” with the aim to help them do business at competitive prices.