Trivandrum: Coir Kerala 2015, the fifth edition of the annual trade event on coir and natural fibres will begin in Alappuzha on February 1. This was announced by the Minister for Revenue & Coir, Shri Adoor Prakash today.
Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the international exhibition and the Union Minister for MSME, Shri Kalraj Mishra will inaugurate the closing ceremony on February 5.
The five-day event brings together scientists, researchers and policy-makers to discuss strategies and new projects to create jobs, improve the conditions of workers, increase productivity and earnings across the industry, the Minister said.
Being a platform for producers and exporters in the State to explore marketing opportunities around the globe, the international event will also see an interesting line-up of innovative coir products and machineries.
As many as 170 foreign buyers and 300 domestic buyers are expected to take part in the event with a representation from 53 countries. Thousands of coir workers in an around Alappuzha will also participate in the event.
The exclusive business exhibition for delegates will have an international pavilion with around 100 stalls and a national pavilion with 150 stalls. There will also be a general exhibition featuring 275 exhibitors of which 50 are from outside the state.
Coir Kerala 2015 will also see the introduction of modern coir products and machineries designed by the National Coir Research and Management Institute (NCRMI) to improve productivity in the sector.
Ministers and top level officials will attend the international seminars scheduled on February 2 and 3 and the national seminar on February 4. The key buyer-seller meet will be held on February 3 to facilitate one-to-one interactions. “This time we expect more than Rs. 200 crore worth of orders through the buyer-seller meet,” he said.
Coir Kerala is believed to be a significant contributor to the annual increase in revenues from coir exports. In 2013-14, coir exports were worth around Rs. 1,476 crore, up from Rs. 1,116 crore in 2012-13 and Rs. 1052 crore in 2011-12. Kerala is looking to increase the export of coir products to Rs. 2,500 crore by 2016-17.
K R Anil, Director, NCRMI; Dr. K Madanan, Director, Coir Development; M K Abdul Gafoor Haji, Vice Chairman, Apex Body for Coir; and C Venugopalan Nair, Chairman, Foam Mattings (India) were also present.
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