Trivandrum: A new portable coir fibre extractor with built-in crusher, developed by the Thiruvananthapuram based National Coir Research Management Institute (NCRMI), was commissioned by Minister for Revenue & Coir, Shri Adoor Prakash today.
“Technology interventions are the only ways to help traditional industries such as coir survive the crisis of labour and raw materials shortage,” the Minister said. “As an R&D institute, NCRMI is doing a tremendous job helping this mechanization process with machines such as the fibre extractor.”
Shri Adoor Prakash demonstrated the ease-of-use of the new FEE 6.0C2 Fibre Extraction Machine by feeding green and dry coconut husk into the machine which processes these into high quality fibres, with a separate collection tray for the pith.
The FEE 6.0C2 is a marked improvement on the Mini De-fibering unit that the NCRMI had developed and patented earlier. The newer, sturdier version comes with a built in crusher that processes full green and dry husk, completely eliminating the labour-intensive step of manually breaking down the husk into smaller pieces. It also reduces breakage, yielding longer fibres.
The Minister said the Coir Department hopes to distribute the new machine to coir cooperatives to help them produce raw fibres. He said discussions are also on with the Coconut Development Board for distributing the fibre extractors directly to coconut producers with a buy-back arrangement for the fibre and pith produced.
The new machine is capable of processing 550-600 husks per hour yielding 44-48 kg of raw fibre, NCRMI Director Dr. Anil K R said. The extractor, which occupies a space of just 1.5 metres by 1.1 metres weighs around 480 kgs and is fitted with a 10 HP motor that consumes significantly less amount of electricity per unit of production than large bulk processing machines. He said the machine can easily be operated by a single person. It is primarily built for women who constitute more that 80% of the coir industry workforce in Kerala.”
Shri K Muraleedharan MLA; Rani George, Secretary – Coir; Abdul Gafur Haji, Vice Chairman, Apex Body for Coir; Dr. K Madanan, Coir Development Director; Rajendra Prasad, Chairman, Kerala State Coir Corporation and C Venugopalan Nair, Chairman, FOMIL were among those present.
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