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Plantation at Pushp Biotech & Farm

Benefits of PTC

• Rapid multiplication of plants
• Limited requirement of mother plants
• Uniformity of properties among the planting material
• Disease-free planting material
• Non-dependence on environmental conditions

What is Plant Tissue Culture (PTC)?

Put in a simple term, plant tissue culture is a technique that helps regenerating a whole plant from a small tissue or a cell. This is achieved in a suitable culture medium under controlled environmental conditions. The outstanding advantage of PTC is that a plant can be developed from any part of the mother plant. However, when it comes to micropropagation for crops, meristematic tissue such as shoot tip is considered to be ideal. There are various plants and crops that can be propagated through PTC, but they often require different culture mediums and also different environmental conditions.

Nowadays, PTC is used on various types of fruits, flowers, medicinal plants and even trees. Here are some examples:

Market scenario

Dr. Shiv Kant Shukla, Dy. Manager, Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) mentioned that India has a production capacity of 300 million plants per annum, of which around 70 percent is actually produced. According to Shukla, by conservative measures, the market size is estimated to be more than Rs 200 crore with an annual growth of 20 percent.
Indian laboratories and companies currently cater mostly to international markets. However, with increasing awareness about the advantages of tissue culture raised plants, such as improvement in yield and quality; there is a noticeable increase in the domestic consumption as well. The major domestic consumers of tissue culture raised plants include the State Agriculture Department, agri-export zones (AEZs), Spice Board, the sugar industry and private farmers. Apart from this, the paper industry, medicinal plant industry and state forest departments also constitute this market.

With the launch of the ambitious Rs 85-crore Apple Rejuvenation Scheme by the Govt of HP, additional impetus will be given to the replacement of present apple root-stock with high yielding, virus free root stock which will can be propagated through tissue culture.

Major Advantages of Tissue-Culture

Socio Economic Benefit

The firm is carrying out research and biotech activities and helping in upliftment of the farmers of the area through its extension activities and by educating them, making optimum utilization of the lands available with them, getting the best possible rates for them and overall prosperity of the farmers using modern technologies. Lastly these activities will result in improving the ecological balance and improvement in the environment. The major objective of the project is that the benefits of biotechnology should filter down to rural sector and to tap the vast potential of farming exotic fruits and aromatic plants and their processing for value.
By implementing this, Pushp Biotech & Farms shall create lot of employment opportunities in the region and also increasing the income of other farmers substantially which will finally check migration from hills to plains.