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ICAR-CIBA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with M/s W S Telematics Pvt. Ltd., Delhi on 23rd July 2021 for marketing of CIBA-Multiparameter water Quality Kit. CIBA-Multiparameter Water Quality Kit is for the on-farm assessment of water quality parameters such as pH, dissolved oxygen, carbonate, bicarbonate, total alkalinity, calcium, magnesium, total hardness, total ammonia-N and nitrite-N. In the present situation of COVID-19, it has added advantage with the laboratories is non-functional and water parameters could be monitored regularly.  

Dr. K.P. Jithendran, Director, CIBA, highlighted on the importance of water quality kit in rapid measurement of parameters and immediate decision making at the farm level for successful culture. He complimented the Directors of M/s W S Telematics Pvt Ltd Mr. Wazir Singh Dahiya and Harsha Dahiya for recognising the potential of CIBA in R&D backstopping in brackishwater aquaculture and coming forward to sign the MoU. He also stressed upon the requirement of continued research in fine tuning the technology.

Dr. M. Muralidhar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-Charge, Environment Section and team leader of this technology briefly explained the importance of this water quality kit and its help to take appropriate management decisions immediately to reduce the abiotic stress and improve the animal growth. He emphasised that this kit could be potential game changer for inland saline aquaculture region of the North Western India where only few laboratories are there for testing.

Dr T. Ravisankar, Principal Scientist, Social Sciences Division welcomed the gathering and Dr P.K.Patil, OIC, ITMU, CIBA proposed vote of thanks. This event was organised in hybrid mode of offline and online.