New Delhi: DRDO Chief VK Saraswat will
launch a solar power plant, thermally-controlled greenhouse
and an advanced hatchery unit at Leh on Wednesday to mark the
golden jubilee celebrations of the Defence Institute of High
Altitude Research (DIHAR) there.
Located at an altitude of 3,500m, the lab was set up in
1962 to fulfil the fresh food requirements of the defence
forces deployed in Ladakh sector and has emerged as a leader
in the area of cold arid agro-animal technologies, DRDO said
in a release.
The major thrust of the institute has been on research for
productivity enhancement in vegetable cultivation and
utilisation of high altitude plant wealth for herbal products,
Due to the pioneering work by the laboratory in high
altitude areas, about 60 percent of vegetables, 25 percent
of milk and about 10 percent of meat requirements of army
troops deployed there are being met locally, the release said.
"All these activities of the institute have brought close
affiliation of the local people in the border area towards the
Indian Army," it added.