Alappuzha to host Coir Kerala 2014 from February 1-5

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Trivandrum: Coir Kerala 2014, the fourth edition of the world’s biggest trade event on coir and natural fibres will be held in Alappuzha from February 01-05, 2014, with a line-up of new products and machinery designed to drive up production and exports.

The event will be inaugurated by the Union Minister for Defence, Shri A K Antony at a ceremony to be presided over by Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy at EMS Stadium in Alappuzha on Feb 01. The valedictory function on Feb 05 will be inaugurated by Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Shri Vayalar Ravi. The key Buyer-Seller meet enabling one-to-one interactions will be held on Feb 03.

Interacting with the media here, Minister for Revenue & Coir, Shri Adoor Prakash said, “About 160 foreign delegates from more than 46 countries including 13 new countries and nearly 100 buyers from across India are expected to take part in Coir Kerala 2014. We are expecting export orders worth Rs. 150 crores from the event for the coir and natural fibres industry. The annual event has become a significant contributor to the increase in revenues from coir exports. In 2012-13, total coir exports were worth around Rs. 1,166 crore, up from Rs 1,052 crore the previous year, out of which 70% was from Kerala.”

Coir Kerala 2014, which is being organised with financial assistance from the Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry, will have 250 exhibition stalls across the national and international pavilion showcasing a range of fibre products and the increasing product diversity in the industry.

Some of the newly developed products include a collection of handicrafts and souvenirs; sound-absorbing materials designed for architecture and interior designing; and environment-friendly coir geo-cells that prevent slope erosion and enable slope land cultivation at the same time.

Also showcased at the fair will be new machinery and technologies designed to improve productivity in the sector. Among them a pneumatic loom for weaving geotextiles and a revolutionary new defibering mill and developed by the Thiruvananthapuram based National Coir Research & Management Institute (NCRMI), the coordinating agency for Coir Kerala 2014.

Rani George, Secretary- Coir, said, “For the first time in Coir Kerala, a committee consisting of exporters, policymakers and subject experts is being constituted to see how the recommendations at these seminars and workshops can be put to practical use to aid product diversification”.

Dr. Anil K R, Director, NCRMI; Dr K Madanan, Coir Development Director and Chairman of the Coir Workers’ Welfare Board, A K Rajan were among those present.

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