Trivandrum: The adoption of modern practices and technologies is essential for the survival of traditional industries such as coir, Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy said today.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Advanced Centre for Automated Microbial Characterization at the National Coir Research Management Institute’s (NCRMI) at Kudappanakunnu, on the outskirts of the city, the Chief Minister said the coir sector, which provides employment for lakhs of people, is facing challenges on multiple fronts, including critical shortage of raw material. New technologies, such as the automated system that NCRMI has introduced, can help resolve issues with production and quality that must be addressed to make Kerala coir competitive in the global market.
Minister for Revenue & Coir, Shri Adoor Prakash, who presided over the function, said research at the new facility at NCRMI will focus on softening coir fibres to improve their quality and to make them more versatile. “Coir will not be the only industry benefiting from this laboratory. We have plans to extend R&D activities at this centre to benefit other sectors, particularly agriculture,” the Minister said.
The new facility has been set up at NCRMI as part of the ongoing efforts to enhance research and development activities in the coir sector across Kerala as part of the growing competition in this field. The equipment at the first-of-its-kind laboratory enables automated identification and characterization of the microorganisms; the current technology used is time consuming and laborious.
Two technical sessions on ‘Solid phase flow cytometry – In analytical microbiology’ and ‘Identification and strain typing guidelines’ were held for microbiologists as part of the inauguration of the new centre.
Dr. K Madanan, Director, Coir Development; Rekha Khanna, MD, Biomerieux India; C Venugopalan Nair, Chairman, Foam Mattings; Rani George, Secretary – Coir, and K R Anil, Director, NCRMI were among those present.
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