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Posted on Feb 06, 10:57AM | UNI
Alappuzha, Feb 5 : Kerala, fondly called the God's Own Country, is the producer of over 65 per cent of the World's best coir, according to Mr G Sudhakaran MLA, former Minister for Coir and Co-Operation.
In a message to the Coir Kerala 2013 Buyer Seller Meet, he said here today 'Kerala is the domicile of the Indian Coir Industry. Indian coconuts account for 90 pc of the world coir needs.'
The Coir Industry in Kerala is a traditional agro/non-farm based, export oriented industry. It is saga that originated in Kerala with a history of centuries.
The sector is of prime importance to Kerala as it is the next avenue of employment after agriculture. The industry established and flourished during the colonial period and employs nearly 3.5 lakhs people, of which 80 per cent are women folks below poverty line. This land, virtually carpeted by swaying coconut palms, is the producer of coir famed for its rich golden hue and texture, considered the best in the world.