Minister for Agriculture K.P. Mohanan will lay the foundation stone for a tissue culture lab building at the District Agricultural Farm, Karimbam, here on Monday.

James Mathew, MLA, will launch the sale of tissue culture plantain at the function to be presided over by district panchayat president K.A. Sarala.

Building cost

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Ms. Sarala said the lab building, on 452 sq m, would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs.1.40 crore.

The project, which started in a temporary lab in May 2012, could produce nearly 3 lakh tissue culture plants till date. With the commissioning of the new building and more facilities, it was expected to touch 20 lakh, P.K. Ismail, Farm Superintendent, said.

More crops likely

The price would be Rs.15 per sapling. Currently, the lab produced the Grand Naine and Kochchi Kesel (Nendran Banana) varieties. If found viable, tissue culture production would include more crops, Mr. Ismail said.