DIHAR wins Innovation for India Award for bringing vegetaton to Ladakh Soldiers


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May 20, 2010
Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) (formerly FRL), one of the laboratories of Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO), New Delhi located at Leh (11,500 ft) is brain child of the first Prime Minister of India, late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It was established under the administrative control of DRDO in 1962 to wage war with nature for making hostile terrain of Ladakh reasonably green and productive, not only to sustain its meager and sparse population but also military and paramilitary forces deployed in this sector. The laboratory has its research stations at Ranbirpura (11,900 ft) and Partapur (Nubra-Siachen Brigade – 9,500 ft) and its rear base at 'N' Area, Chandigarh.
They carried out applied research and extension on agro-animal activities in cold and high altitude region of Ladakh with a view to enhance the availability of fresh foods i.e. vegetables, fruits, milk meat, eggs and medicinal & aromatic plants for our troops through local farmers.
  • Greening of Ladakh and plant biodiversity conservation
  • Provide better quality foodstuffs to the troops and saving air transportation charges (Rs. 27.0 per kg by air) from Chandigarh to Leh during road close
  • Boost the morale of the troops
  • Improve the socio-economic status of farmers of Ladakh

And they won an award from Marico Innovation Foundation for this. Sam Pitroda felicitated them in front of a 500 strong audience.

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