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Take your pick:Ready-to-eat food on display at the exhibition in Mysore on Thursday.
Take your pick:Ready-to-eat food on display at the exhibition in Mysore on Thursday.

Special Correspondent

DFRL products on display at exhibition

MYSORE: The city-based Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), which meets the special requirements of Defence personnel, is showcasing its products as part of a national seminar that was held here on Thursday.

The range of products developed by the DFRL, which is a constituent of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), are designed to meet the high calorific requirements of Defence personnel, and are light. As a part of the two-day exhibition, numerous ready-to-eat foods such as compressed cereal bars, fruit bars, chapattis with long shelf life, nutri-food bar, tender coconut water sachets and fibre enriched biscuits were on display.

One of the most noteworthy products conceived and prepared by the laboratory is the composite ration packet for troops, which provides 3,700 calories and weighs less than a kg. The items in the packet can be reconstituted by adding hot water.

It is best suited for paramilitary forces on patrol, mountaineers and trekkers, and meets the strategic operational requirements of the armed forces, DFRL sources said.

For quick rotis and chapattis, the laboratory has designed a lightweight, fully automated, chapatti-making machine. The machine can churn out 1,200 chapattis an hour, and it occupies only 3X3 ft. of floor space. The products on display were born out of years of research and commitment by a band of scientists, and it was apparent at the seminar that there was as much cutting edge technology involved in food production as developing war machinery.

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