Friday, 2 March 2012

Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR)

DIHAR was established in 1962 to fulfill the fresh food requirements of the defence forces deployed in high altitude areas. It is celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year.

The thrust of the institute has been to research on productivity enhancement in vegetable cultivation, utilization of high altitude plant wealth for herbal products, post-harvest technology of perishable food items, sustainable utilization of biodegradable waste for energy production, upgradation of local unproductive animal population with elite germplasm etc.

DIHAR has kept pace with fresh food production for Services through hill agriculture by developing agro-technologies such as hybrid seeds, transgenic plants, greenhouses and trench technologies and motivated the local population to adopt these technologies. A multi-vitamin herbal beverage “Leh Berry” has become most popular beverage of Ladakh and has set in new agro-revolution in the complete region. The animal husbandry practices developed by DRDO have boosted the availability of meat, eggs and draught animals in the region, and helped in the upliftment of local economy. Additionally the institute has immensely contributed towards greening of Ladakh region.

[Extracts from: Press Release 12th July 2011. ]

No comments:

Post a Comment