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Posted on Nov 05, 09:04PM | UNI
Introducing mechanisation without the loss of jobs is the only way to keep the age-old coir industry alive in Kerala, Minister for Revenue and Coir Adoor Prakash said today.
Inaugurating the state-wide celebrations of the first ever 'Coir Day' at the National Coir Research Management Institute (NCRMI) here, he said that skill and labour shortage are major challenges for this traditional sector, given the ever growing demand for coir products worldwide.
'To remain competitive we have to increase production, retain existing workers and create more employment opportunities for skilled people. These are the topmost priorities for the Government,' he added.
New initiatives to boost the coir sector include distribution of NCRMI's advanced mobile de-fibering machines to co-operatives, increased funding for these societies, improved income support scheme for coir workers, and moves to provide retirement benefits to more employees.
'Coir Kerala' the annual international expo in Alappuzha which enters its third edition next year, has contributed significantly by providing a platform for small co-operatives to interact with international buyers directly and explore new markets, the Minister said.