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India to set up international coir expo-cum-sales centre
Jun '13
A coir village and an international exhibition-cum-sales centre is planned to be set up in the Alappuzzha city of Kerala state in southern India, the state minister for Revenue and Coir, Adoor Prakash, has announced.
A company, similar to the Cochin International Airport Limited, will be formed to organize the coir village and manage its sales, the Minister said at a press conference.
The project is planned in view of the improvement in sales of coir-based geotextiles in India. As part of the company, a coir manufacturing unit will be set up with advanced machinery and technology, and will be operational soon.
For the Rs. 240 million project, artisans and workers are already provided with training for making handicrafts, bags and other products using coir fibre.
The minister said that in order to support production of items in the new coir manufacturing company, measures have already been taken to increase the procurement of husk and to raise the wages of the workers employed in this sector.
Meanwhile, the Coir Board of India has set a target of achieving Rs. 30 billion in sales turnover in the domestic market during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-17) period.

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