Alappuzha: Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy will inaugurate Coir Kerala 2016, the sixth edition of the annual trade event on coir and natural fibres, at EMS stadium in Alappuzha on February 01.
Addressing a press conference, Minister for Revenue & and Coir, Shri Adoor Prakash said, “Following the announcement at last year’s Coir Kerala to accelerate coir husk procurement, production rose from 25,000 tonnes to 60,000 tonnes. The government is targeting 75,000 tonnes by the end of this fiscal year.”
“Preparations to bring out the best possible showcase of Kerala’s coir are ongoing,” he added, noting that the Union government has provided Rs 2 crores to the Coir Kerala 2016 corpus.
The much-awaited fair brings into close quarters an assemblage of scientists, researchers and policymakers, facilitating discussions of strategies and new initiatives to create jobs, better the conditions of coir workers, as also raise productivity and earnings across the industry.
As well as being a platform for the State’s coir producers and exporters to explore and pursue opportunities to better market their wares around the globe, Coir Kerala is also a showcase for an array of innovative coir products and technologies to increase sector productivity and profitability.
Some 156 international buyers from 54 countries in addition to domestic buyers will participate in the event with particularly strong contingents from African and Latin American nations. The international pavilion will have 125 stalls while the national pavilion will feature 135 stalls. The event’s buyer-seller meet will be on February 3 to bring potential partners together through one-to-one interactions.
Coir Kerala has played a significant role in increasing the quantum of revenue from coir exports. In 2014-15, income from coir exports had increased to Rs 1,630 crore, more than double the value from the 2010-11 period, Rs 807 crore. Likewise, the total quantity of coir exported had risen to 6.2 lakh metric tonnes from 3.2 lakh metric tonnes in the same period.
The Government of Kerala initiated the Coir Kerala programme in 2011 to rejuvenate the coir sector through fillips to production and branding. National Coir Research and Management Institute (NCRMI) is the event’s coordinating agency.
Also present at the conference were Coir Secretary, Rani George; FOMIL Chairman, P Narayanankutty; NCRMI Director, K.R. Anil; Coir Machinery Manufacturing Company MD, P V Sasindran; and Coirfed MD, Dr K. Madanan.
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