Vegetatively propagated crop species like sugarcane, banana, ginger, turmeric etc. offer a huge potential market for tissue culture but products of tissue culture are very costly. Low cost tissue culture uses pressure cooker instead of autoclave, rain water instead of distilled water and jam jars instead of costly Pyrex or Borosil ware. A laboratory producing just a few hundred plantlets per week can be set up at less than Rs. 600,000. The micropropagated plantlets are multiplied for one more generation in a nursery, under exclusion of pests, and the second or third generation is sold to farmers. The cost per plant is reduced drastically in this way



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