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Coir board urges for PM's participation
Feb '11
The Coir Board has demanded Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's involvement in instituting a National Coir Mission to support the holistic growth of the sector, while keeping into consideration the growth potential of the industry in generating rural employment.

The Coir Board has recently submitted a letter to the Prime Minister, during his visit to Kerala, where it was mentioned that, the natural fibre and synthetic items are extending strong competition to the coir goods in the global markets, and if proper steps are not initiated to safeguard the industry on immediate basis, it would adversely impact the exports of the coir products.

The coir product exports grew from Rs 5.93 billion in 2007-08 to Rs 8.04 billion last year and thus registered a rise of 35.58 percent. Coir was amongst some of the industries that resisted the global economic slump.

Thus, in order to surmount this situation, the Coir Board has recommended some steps like, advancing higher incentives for giving a boost to the local as well as export market for coir products, rapid up-gradation of the conventional coir industry, introduction of an infallible system to boost purchase of basic materials, particularly raw husk, to support continuous production in the industry and to ensure implementation of more and more welfare schemes to the advantage of the workers.

The Coir Board has thus demanded a special package for the industry for next five years.

Also to note that, coir fibre production while registering a rise of 17.74 percent grew from 4.378 lakh tons to 5.155 lakh tons during the period under consideration, while a rise was also noticed in the number of units involved in the production of coir products in the country which grew by 27.44 percent from 11,024 to 14,050, during the period. This has generated extra employment opportunities for around 26,450 artisans, mainly female.

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