Dr. Avnish Jolly, Chandigarh 11th October, 2008 : Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory, Uchani, Karnal has developed a high quality plant of banana by using Tissue Culture Technology and with this the banana production in Haryana would be started by next year.
While giving this information a spokesman of the Horticulture Department said today that in this Laboratory, successful research had been conducted on Kufri Badhshah and Pukhraj varieties of Potato which were brought from Central Research Center, Shimla. He said that in the year 2007-08 after doing research, the Laboratory had developed about 30,000 plants of banana in March-April and were sold to the farmers for plantation. The State Government had put a target to produce one lakh plants of banana for farmers during January-Febuary 2009, he added.
He said that the main objective of this Laboratory was to conduct research on plants like Potato and Banana and also to increase the quality of the plants. Besides, to popularize the tissue culture technology among the farmers of the State.
He said that the farmers in the State had shown a keen interest in the Banana crop.During the last year the farmers of Kurukshetra, Karnal, Yamunanagar, Rohtak and Rewari districts had shown their interest in buying Banana plants at large scale. With this, like other States the banana production would be started in Haryana also.
He said that with the achievement made by this laboratory, the Ambassador of Israel had assured his full cooperation for various projects in the State.