Mysore, May 21 (RK & DM)-The second unit of the Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) is to be set up in Hebbal Industrial area here in a year’s time, said DFRL Director Dr. A.S.Bawa.

Addressing the Press at the seminar hall of DFRL in Siddharthanagar this morning, Dr. Bawa said that the 40-acre unit will have a full-fledged laboratory as well as a quality control section.

Stating that Rs. 12 crore had been earmarked for the construction of the building, Dr Bawa said that Rs. 90 crore would be spent on equipment and their installation. He said work on the unit had been launched and that it would be completed in a year's time.

Tracing the history of the role of DFRL in meeting the needs of the armed forces, Dr. Bawa said that Kargil conflict was a turning point for DFRL when it embarked on providing survival, flying and five-man rations for forces in forward areas and battle theatres. He said that during ‘Operation Vijay’ in Kargil, DFRL, Mysore supplied 1,20,000 meals to the army alone.

DFRL's spin-off contributions by way of technology transfer of 550 processes and technologies had led to more than 250 entrepreneurs across the country setting up their own establishments.

Dr. Bawa also said that there were orders from the Indo-Tibetan Border Patrol and the Border Security Force for 1,50,000 ready-to-eat meals. He said that the special ready-to-eat and quick-cooking packs geared for use in disaster relief operations were being made regularly and processes updated.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore