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Coir Board to conduct study on small scale sector
Apr '08
Coir Board, Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprise, Government of India to conduct a study on the state of affairs of the Small Scale coir product Manufacturing Sector of the traditional coir industry in the Cherthala and Ambalapuzha taluks of Alleppey district in the State of Kerala.

The study will be entrusted with a well experienced reputed agency and it is proposed to be completed within 45 days. The study will include the existing functioning of the units, the fund flow requirements, marketing linkages, the workers' welfare, working environment etc.

The small scale product manufacturing sector is the backbone of the traditional coir sector of the Kerala especially in the Ambalapuzha and Cherthala taluks of Alleppey district.

The Sector is facing problems of old, outdated and unproductive machinery, working environment, lack of orders, primary fund flow and realization of fair prices etc., during the last two years.

Due to paucity of work, there has been reports that the workers engaged in the small scale product manufacturing sector have been migrating to other greener pastures as the sector was unable to provide regular employment as well as decent wages.

The Board has been conducting various programmes for the upliftment of the sector by modernizing it under a new Scheme namely the Rejuventation, Modernisation and Technology Upgradation of Coir industry with a total plan outlay of Rs.243 crores.

The Scheme envisages rejuvenating the existing units engaged in the production of intermediaries for value added export oriented product manufacturing units by extending 40% Government grant on the total unit outlay of Rs.5 lakhs provided by the financial institutions.

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