In summary, YOU said :-

" .... often we look for the most difficult way of doing thing rather than the most cost effective. Expensive is not necessarily the best way."

wrote Dr. Dennis Butler from Australia. He almost sent for us the most appropriate slogan for this website.

This perhaps very aptly represented current general global status of commercial micropropagation as well as the topmost concerns of numerous spontaneous responders to the idea of use of natural light and cost effective techniques for tissue culture.

Inquiries have come from practically every corner of the world. The list includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech, France, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel,Italy, Japan, Korea, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Phillipines, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, U.S.A., West Indies and Zambia. The list is increasing everyday.

Response from developing world was in line with expectations. However, about 40% inquiries are from developed countries and advanced commercial labs. This signifies a qualitative as well as a quantum shift in global perception of the commercial micropropagation technology. This change can be ignored by commercial micropropagators and policy makers only at the risk of being left out and far behind. The awe and reverence to sophisticated show-pieces has already been replaced by prudence of cost effectiveness, process efficiency and quality. Earlier this is achieved, better would it be for keeping oneself competitive, practical and relevent to this world, whether it is a new venture or an established unit.

With this change, applications to improvement in agricultural productivity by use of micropropagated plants will become feasible for the first time for several crops. The more this technology benefits farmers, more will it benefit itself. Potential market volumes for such applications are enormous. They will support and help prosper hundreds of micropropagation companies in several countries. Today, without this component of market and high cost of production, they are vying for limited market of ornamental plants in a cut-throat competition.

In course of time, we shall add to this page, salient features of the feedbacks.

But before closure, I would like to add to Dr. Butler's statement:

" ..... most cost effective ways are often simple to operate too. But they are not overnight successes without any cost. They arise from blend of long experience with new system and innovations."

V.A. Savangikar


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