Pallam Raju Launches DRDO Developed Performance Enhancing Drug for High-Altitude Areas
The Minister of State for Defence Dr M M Pallam Raju launched a composite herbal formulation named ‘Perfomax’ that has been developed by DRDO and has been found to improve physical and mental performance in High Altitude and Hypoxic Conditions at a function held in Leh, Ladakh today. The formulation is rich in antioxidants and other bioactive compounds that improve performance of brain, heart, kidney and lungs and improves blood circulation.
He also inaugurated a Conference on “Emerging Trends in Food and Health Security in Cold Deserts”, orgainsed by the Leh-based Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), a frontier laboratory of DRDO. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Pallam Raju called for rigorous extension activities in collaboration with the State Departments to ensure that the agro-animal technologies developed by the DRDO reach the farmers even in the remotest locations. He also lauded the DIHAR for promoting Solar Energy to provide energy security in the region.
In his address Dr William Selvamurthy, Chief Controller R&D (Life Sciences), DRDO stressed on the need for increasing the vegetable production in the cold deserts to an extent of creating a self-sustainable system with minimal dependency on the plains for fresh food and dairy products. Dr R B Srivastava, Director, DIHAR listed the initiatives taken by DIHAR to augment the agro-animal productivity in the trans-Himalayan region that has resulted in increased local production of fresh vegetables, meat, poultry and dairy products in the region. Shri Rigzin Spalbar, Chief Executive Councillor, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) lauded the scientists of DIHAR for their relentless efforts in educating the farmers on advanced agro-animal technologies that has resulted in increased production of vegetables in Ladakh.
Dr Pallam Raju later released a book entitled “Innovations in Agro-Animal Technologies” which is a compilation of the advanced agro-animal techniques pertaining to cold deserts. He also inaugurated a “Hall of Scientific Excellence” in DIHAR campus where all the technologies developed by DRDO will be showcased for the army and civilians.