OTHER NEWS

Installation of Surface Meteorological Instruments
 

Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), Chandigarh, with the help of India Meteorological Department has established state-of-the-art Automatic Weather Stations under the joint programme of DRDO, Army and DST.

The weather stations record temperature, humidity, pressure, wind speed and direction, rain and snow water equivalent at every five seconds on an average of over one hour. The data is stored in a data logger.

State-of-the-art Surface Meteoroogical Instruments Facility
State- of- the- art Surface
Meteorological Instruments Facility


This voluminous data is stored on a 2MB hard disk upto 420 days at an interval of one hour. This continuous record of weather data has helped SASE in using weather prediction models effectively to draw three days mountain weather forecast for the operational use by the Army.

Herbal Tea Formulation

Field Research Laboratory (FRL), Leh, has formulated an Anti-oxidant Enriched Herbal Tea based on high altitude medicinal plants of Ladakh Himalayas. (Seabuckthorn, Rose root, Yarrow, Salam Panja, Kala Jeera, and Wild Rose, etc)

This herbal tea has been analysed for f1avonoides, vitamins, toxicity, sensory evaluation, etc by DFRL, Mysore and IDMA, Laboratory Chandigarh.

Dr W Selvamurthy, CC R&D (LS & HR) released the herbal tea for its introduction into the Army during Corporate Review meeting held during 21-22 August 2003 at FRL.

Dr. Selvamurthy releasing the herbal tea formuation for its introduction into the army
Dr. Selvamurthy releasing the
herbal tea formulation for  its
 introduction into the army

Ladakhi Kisan Jawan Vigyan Mela-2003

Field Research Laboratory (FRL), Leh, organised the Ladakhi Kisan Jawan Vigyan Mela-2003 during 9-10 August 2003. Maj Gen Rakesh Dass, AVSM, SM, VSM, COS, 14 Corps inaugurated the mela.

Col B Raut, Director, FRL highlighted the achievements of FRL. Fifteen-thousand farmers, troops, students and other citizen visited the mela. New improved varieties of rare vegetables, exotic fruits and flowers, high altitude medicinal plants, poultry rearing especially introduction of Japanese quails, dairy farming, breeding of Zanskar ponies and sheep and goat farming were the main attraction of this mela. Shri Thupstan Chhewang, Chief Executive Councilor, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh was the Chief Guest for the closing function.

Maj Gen Rakesh Dass Showing keen interest at the research farm during the mela
Maj Gen Rakesh Dass Showing 
keen interest at the research
 farm  during  the mela
 


Field Research Laboratory, Det, Partapur-Skampuk, Nubra hosted the First ever Ladakhi Kisan Jawan Vigyan Mela-2003 on 14 August 2003 with the objective to disseminate agro-animal technologies to farmers and troops. Brig SK Singh, Brig Comdr, 102 Inf Bde inaugurated the mela. Maj Deepak Suri, OIC, FRL Det Partapur welcomed the guests and Col B Raut, Director, FRL briefly highlighted the achievements of FRL. Five-thousand farmers, troops, students visited the mela. New improved varieties of rare vegetables, flowers, medicinal plants, poultry rearing and dairy farming were the main attractions of the mela. Local farmers from various parts of Nubra valley and even far-flung villages like Turtuk and Panamik participated in various competitions with great enthusiasm and received excellent awards.

DFRL Wins prizes in Horticulture Show
 

Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysore was awARDEd four First Prizes in the ornamental gARDEn category for its premises, Guest House as well as DFRL Colony during the Horticulture Show organised by the Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka during 25 Septembe- 6 October 2003.

prizes won by DFRL at the Horticulture show

 

Prizes won by DFRL at
the Horticulture Show


 

FRL Signs MoU with University of Kashmir

Field Research Laboratory (FRL), Leh, has signed an MoU with University of Kashmir, Srinagar to carry out research and development activities in joint venture in the field of vegetables, horticulture, medicinal, and aromatic plants, dairy, poultry, biotech- nology, photochemistry, etc.

This MoU will also help in awarding PhD to research scholars working with this laboratory through Kashmir University.

The MoU was signed by Col B Raut, Director, FRL and Prof A M Mattoo, Registrar, Kashmir University in the presence of Prof Jalees A K Tareen, Vice- Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Srinagar on 7 October 2003.

Col Raut Exchanging MoU documents with Prof Mattoo
Col Raut   Exchanging   MoU
documents with Prof Mattoo