Alappuzha: The coir industry needs to incorporate innovative technologies if it wanted to remain competitive and mechanisation is the only way ahead to preserve and protect the State’s coir sector, Minister for Revenue & Coir, Shri Adoor Prakash said here today.
The Minister was addressing a press conference after inaugurating the reception committee office for Coir Kerala 2016. The sixth edition of the annual trade event on coir and natural fibres will begin on February 1, at Alappuzha’s EMS Stadium.
“Coir machinery factories have been set up by the State government along with the distribution of electronic ratts to cooperative societies. In addition, the government is making sincere attempts to resolve the issue of wage revision of coir labourers working at the different government coir institutions in Alappuzha before Coir Kerala 2016 commences”, the Minister added.
Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy will inaugurate Coir Kerala 2016. The exhibition 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.
As many as 150 foreign buyers from 60 countries along with domestic buyers are expected to participate in the event. African and Latin American countries will see especially strong representation. Thousands of coir workers in and around Alappuzha will also take part.
The international pavilion will have 125 stalls while the national pavilion will feature 130 stalls. Coir Kerala 2016 will also see the introduction of modern coir products and machineries designed to improve productivity in the sector.
Ministers and senior officials will attend international seminars scheduled on February 2 and 3 on the theme of ‘Product Diversification in Natural Fibre Scenario with Emphasis on Coir Sector’. National seminars will be held on February 4. The key buyer-seller meet will be held on February 3 to facilitate one-to-one interactions.
The Government of Kerala initiated the Coir Kerala programme in 2011 to revitalise the coir sector by boosting production and exports. The event held at the peak of the tourism season has become a much-awaited staple on Kerala’s tourism calendar.
Thiruvananthapuram based National Coir Research and Management Institute (NCRMI) is the coordinating agency for the event.
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