Manipur: Preservation of Mithun a good idea for govt to ponder upon, says MLA LM Khaute

Churachandpur: Churachandpur MLA LM Khaute stated that rearing of Mithun is significant and plays an important role in the economical, social and cultural life of the Zomis community while adding that the state government should make efforts to preserve the bovine species Mithun.

MLA Khaute was speaking at 14th Dorcas Veng Young Paite Association (YPA) Raising Day-cum-Sial (Mithun) Festival in Churachandpur district as the chief guest on Friday.

“Attended as chief guest 14th Dorcas Veng YPA Raising Day-cum-Sial (Mitchum) Festival on 14th October. The festival showcased traditional items in order to promote our cultural heritage. Importance of Mithun and need for conservation were highlighted,” tweeted Khaute.

Highlighting the importance of Mithun among the Zomis for ceremonies, MLA Khaute also said that he had witnessed where the groom’s family offers these to the bride’s family during the wedding ceremony.

MLA Vungzagin Valte who also attended the event as the chief host lamented the decline of the rare bovine species, especially in his Thanlon constituency.

“In a bid to revive and preserve the animal, I have already set up mithun farm at two different places, namely Zoutung and Bukpi,” said MLA Valte.

During the event, the Association also acknowledged and felicitated one Lianzakawl Naulak of Zoupi village under Thanlon sub-division for rearing the maximum number (50) of Mithun among the Paite tribe.

Mithun, which are semi-domesticated or reared openly in the jungle, are found in some hill districts of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram.

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