The Ministries of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, and of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying jointly released diagnostic kits which can prevent the spread of Japanese Encephalitis and the Bluetongue virus in animals. The Bluetongue sandwich ELISA and the Japanese Encephalitis 1gM ELISA kits have been developed jointly by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI). The commercial kit currently available in the market for JE detection costs Rs 52,000, whereas the ICAR and IVRI developed the same for farmers at a minimal price of Rs 5000 only. Each kit is meant for testing around 45 samples. The development of the JE kit is part of the premium research institutes 100-day program and will soon be made available at the village and block levels. Bluetongue kit was developed for the detection for antigen in animals. The disease, widespread among sheep, goats, cattle, buffaloes and camels in the country, occurs due to the insect-transmitted Bluetongue virus. Dr T Mohapatra, secretary Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and director general of ICAR, announced the export possibilities of the Blutongue kit. The kit proves to be beneficial not just for the farming community, but for the whole society.