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Cutting edge: DFRL Director A.S. Bawa (left) and the staff of the laboratory at an exhibition on the occasion of National Technology Day in Mysore on Wednesday. — Photo: M.A. SRIRAM
Cutting edge: DFRL Director A.S. Bawa (left) and the staff of the laboratory at an exhibition on the occasion of National Technology Day in Mysore on Wednesday. — Photo: M.A. SRIRAM

The Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) here observed National Technology Day on Wednesday.

The event is celebrated by scientific and industrial organisations to create awareness about the technological prowess of the country, and is marked by special lectures and distribution of awards.

DFRL, which is a constituent laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, Ministry of Defence, caters to the varied food requirements of the Indian Army, Navy and the Air Force. Since its inception in 1961, the state-of-the-art laboratory has developed technologies that help meet the nutritional requirement of the forces in far-flung areas.

The laboratory displayed some of its products at the National Technology Day exhibition.

Long shelf life

As personnel deployed at high altitudes face loss of appetite and weight loss, senior scientists pointed out that they had developed appetizers to address this problem. The ready-to-eat (or drink) products had a shelf life of over eight months, they added.

The event included a technical lecture by senior scientist G.K. Sharma. He was presented an award by DFRL Director A.S. Bawa.

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