Bio Craft

Plant tissue culture company.  Headquartered in Kerala.  Located at about 30 KM from Palakkad town.

Pappan Jacob

Pappan Jacob

Bio craft was established in 2004. It is a plant tissue culture company. Mr. Pappan  Jacob and Mr. K. P Thomas  are the two partners of Biocraft.  “Being an agriculturist, I and my partner, of getting into an agriculture related business. Mr. Thomas was a teacher though he is basically an agriculturist,” says Mr. Pappan Jacob. Bio Craft is headquartered in Kerala.

“Our area of activity involves commercial tissue culturing. We have not yet setup a research lab. The company is located at about 30 KM from Palakkad town,” he adds.

Product Portfolio
The range of plants the company deals in are the following
Ornamental Foliage :
*Syngoniums,*Spathyphylums, *Cordyline, *Calathea,  *Dieffenbachia * Aglaonema, *Ficus,  *Philadendron  *Yucca  *Flowering  *Dianthus * Chrysanthemum *Limonium *Gerbera

Spice Crops  : * Cardamom, *Vanilla, *Ginger, *Turmeric, *Pepper, *All-spice,
*Garlic,

Insectivorous Plants:
These plants are used for controlling the insects.
*Dionea, *Sarracenia, *Utricularia

Horticulture Crops :
*Red Banana, *Nendran, *Musa, *Straw Berry, *Pine Apple, *Mulberry
Medicinal Plants : *Stevia, *Achorus, *Cholorophytum,  *Dioscorea, *Aconitum, *Safedmusli
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Propagation Technology
Bio craft specializes in micro propagation of flowering, medicinal, temperate green foliages and horticultural products. The facility is spread over 5,000 sq. ft of area. It has the following infrastructure facilities:
* Class 100 production area, * Growth chambers, * Post sterilization room, * Media preparation * Despatch room.

Production Capacity
Bio Craft also has a green house area, which is spread over more than 6000 sq.ft with a hardening facility to accommodate more than 1,00,000 plants at a time.
“Bio craft has class 100 microfiltered laminar air flow benches,” avers Mr. Jacob. The company has the production capacity to produce 2 –3 million plants annually. “We have employed more than 30 technicians with an efficiency of producing 50000 plants individually (per month) with higher quality and low rejection rate,” he maintains.

Micro Propagation
Explaining micro propagation, Mr. Jacob says, “It is a method of reproducing the plants with the same characteristics of the mother plant.

We can apply this method to all plants. We mostly do this for banana plants and floriculture ornamental plants.”

Further explaining the use of green house in plant cultivation, Mr. Jacob says, “We can use a green house for all plants. We do hardening in the green house.”
He goes on to elaborate on tissue culture saying, “Tissue culture is applied when the plantlets are multiplied for obtaining high quality plants from mother plants. The yield in fields will be the same and we can harvest in the same time.”

Quality Control
To keep the plants away from infections and insects, the mother cultures are treated for infection by using antibiotics and some pesticides. We also maintain hygienic condition in the lab to prevent infections. “We use the laminar air flow filters for filtering even the smallest bacteria of 300 microns,” Mr. Jacob emphasizes.

He further says, “We maintain a strict periodical validation of our clean area and conduct particle count tests twice in a year. Our growth rooms are maintained hygienically and our staffs are trained to keep a vigilant eye on the infections and remove them with immediate effect.”

Market for Products
The company predominantly takes up sub contracting works for nurseries. “Good quality plants have good demand everywhere,” states Mr. Jacob. Some of its prominent clients include Ace Agrotech, Hyderabad; Eswar Agrotech, Hyderabad; and Sunglow Biotech, Coimbatore beside others.

Bio Craft also has tie up with a co-operative society, which procures plants from the company. “Small farmers around us also buy from us. We do it as a service and the charges for consultation depend on the requirements,” he avers. At the present the company is concentrating only in the local markets. “We don’t at present have international clients but we will get all technical support when we enter into contract with them,” avers Mr. Jacob.

Annual Tunover
There are at present 12 direct employees and 12 on call helpers working in the company. “Our turnover is over Rs. 20 lakhs,” avers Mr. Jacob.

Problems Faced
The company markets its products directly. “The only problems we face are payment delay and order cancellation which forces us to go for further orders,” says Mr. Jacob.
Further commenting on government help towards improving the industry, Mr. Jacob says, “Kerala at present renders no help. If the government could help this industry by means of power, marketing the products, and labor, it would be of very great help to us.”
Mr. Jacob is optimistic about the future of tissue culture industry in India. “I do not forsee any problem for the next 5 years at least,” he maintains.

Future Plans
In future the company wants to enter the export market. “We want to get direct foreign orders, and take up direct sales in other states. We are also looking for government orders,” avers Mr. Jacob. By way of qualification he has studied till his PUC.

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  • http://indiamart/rjindustries SURESH BHAMY

    i am sure you are a big Tissue Culture Lab in Kerala and wish to take a lead over the others in the useage of Transparent PP Caps for the bottles in which you are culturing the plants. We have almost all sizes of bottle Caps form Diameter 38, 52 & 85 in single start and 52 & 63 4 start. but if you are using Kisan type Bottles which have 55 MM size we have no takers in this area except Vasantdada Sugar Institute and may be National Chemical Laboratory Pune whose requirement is very low. I understand the use of these bottles is to give enough light to the tissues being raised, but since we are now able to give the transparent caps there is no need to use such bottles with slanting sides and you can use straight sided bottles. Please go to indiamart/rjindustries to see the transparency we offer. please send us your enquiry with detailed address if you need samples.

  • Amol jawade

    hi sir
    i compleated M.Sc. biotechnology and 6 month working experience in mahabeej plant tissue culture lab. is their vaccancy please reply me

  • ROSHNI S

    Respected sir,

    I completed Msc Biotechnology from Bharathiar University and waiting for result. I am interested in Plant tissue culture works, if any vaccancy is there I kindly request you to inform me.

  • P.ARCHANA

    Respected Sir ,
    I am going to complete my M.Phil on coming september.My specilization is plant tissue culture.I am intrested to do pplant tissue culture work .If there any vaccancy availabler in your company and you think i can do that work. please infor me.
    Thank you sir,