Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
The coconut industry proliferates and thrives in unconventional regions
Posted on: 25 SEP 2021 12:19 PM by PIB Delhi
Coir Board was established under the Coconut Industry Act 1953 by the Indian government for the overall sustainable development of the coconut industry in the country. The functions of the Council as established by law include the carrying out, assistance and encouragement of scientific, technological and economic research, modernization, improvement of quality, development of human resources, promotion of market and the well-being of all who are engaged in this industry. The head office of the council is located at Coir House, MG Road, Kochi, Kerala and operates 48 establishments, including 29 outlets across the country. For more than 60 years, Coir Board has led industry and industry today plays a vital role in the economic development of rural areas of the country. The coir industry was concentrated in the state of Kerala, which has now proliferated in other parts of the country as well, thanks to the efforts of the Council.
The functions mandated under the Coconut Industry Act are performed by the Coir Board under the various programs / programs, including research and development activities, training programs, extension of financial support the creation of coconut units, the development of national and export markets, workers’ welfare measures, etc.
- The coir industry supports more than 7 lakhs of coir workers, mostly women, in different states of the country.
- It is estimated that around 80% of the workforce in the industry are women and this plays a vital role in empowering rural women in many coastal districts of the country.
- There are 1,570 registered coconut exporters in the country.
- The export of coir fiber and coconut products from India in the year 2020-21 recorded an all-time high of Rs. 3778.98 crore with an increase of over Rs. 1021 crore from the previous year. The increase in value amounts to 37% compared to 2019-20 figures. Coir Board is focused on achieving Rs. 7000 crore of coconut coir exports in a few years.
- As part of the PMEGP (Prime Minister’s Job Creation Program), coconut units have been launched in different states of the country
- Coconut fiber products are eco-friendly in nature and have obtained âEco Markâ certification from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Govt. From India.
- Coconut fiber products save the environment and help reverse global warming.
- The “coconut marrow” used to save water
- “Coir Geotextiles” used to save soil
- “Coir Wood” used to save trees and forest
- The Council’s Research Institutes are undertaking new R&D projects in coir with various units of the CSIR and Universities, in the field of spinning and product diversification.
- The initiatives of the Coir Board have led to a series of product development and diversification activities which have resulted in the launch of a number of value-added products, meeting the needs of consumers. New end-use applications of coir such as the use of coir geotextiles to prevent soil erosion, the conversion of coir into a valuable bio-fertilizer and soil conditioner and Coir Garden items have gained popularity in India and abroad. The growing affinity for environmentally friendly products has helped coir and coir products in the domestic and overseas market.
- In Gujarat, the Ministry of MSME has sanctioned the continuation of 2 SFURTI clusters with a project of Rs. 472.73 lakhs, which will open more employment opportunities,
- Samavedana coconut fiber cluster
- Tarapur coconut fiber cluster
- In Maharashtra, the Ministry of MSMEs sanctioned the 2 SFURTI clusters with a project of Rs. 361.86 lakhs
- Pendur coconut fiber cluster
- Sawantwadi coconut fiber bundle
- In line with the vision of the Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modiji and the guidance of the Honorable Minister of MSMEs, Shri Narayan Tatu Raneji and the Honorable Minister of State for MSMEs Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh Vermaji Coir Board proposes to develop the coconut industry in Konkan area by taking the following measures.
- The current sub-regional office of the Coco Council in Sindhudurg is moved and upgraded to the regional office in Kudal with sufficient staff and office space.
- This office will undertake enhanced activities for the development of the coconut industry in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
- To concentrate more development activities in the Konkan area as well as in all the states under the regional office.
- Act as an exclusive center of extension of Council services and integrated hub for the promotion of various coco development activities such as incubation / qualification, marketing (national and export promotions), R&D center, technical assistance, program implementation, etc. in the States. from Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat.
- Raise awareness among coconut fiber artisans through entrepreneurship development programs, awareness programs on various ministry programs, including the SFURTI program, market development programs for strengthening the export sector, etc.
- Creation of potential entrepreneurs using the PMEGP and SFURTI programs of the Ministry of MSMEs by providing the necessary support and financial aids.
- The Center will have an exhibition / promotion point for the sale of products from trainees and MSMEs in the coconut fiber sector.
- As part of the CVY-Skill Upgradation & Mahila Coir Yojana program, training will be provided to 600 beneficiaries in various coconut processing technologies so that they are able to obtain sustainable jobs and generate income in the coconut sector. coco by taking advantage of the PMEGP / SFURTI programs. An action plan target has been set for the 2021-22 fiscal year to provide vocational training to potential beneficiaries and thus develop the coconut industry in the area.
- Formulation of 5 new coconut fiber clusters under the SFURTI program with a total financial expenditure of Rs.25.00 Cr. for the creation of employment opportunities for 1,600 coconut craftsmen with absolute priority.
- Establishment of 50 individual units for the creation of jobs for up to 1000 beneficiaries under the PMEGP program, mainly focusing on the manufacture of coir fiber and yarn, coir geotextile, coir mat and cotton ‘crafts, garden items, marrow blocks, needle felt, marrow manure, etc. with an approximate budget of Rs.5.00 Cr.
- A new coconut fiber board showroom and sales depot will be opened in Pune to explore the huge market potential available in Pune, Alibag and its suburban towns.
- Buyer Seller meeting to be organized in Pune and Mumbai.
- 50 coconut coir exporters to be identified and registered with the Council by concentrating the ports of Mumbai, Vizag and Kandla to foster export markets over a period of 3 years. However, the services of existing exporters can also be used.
- Wide advertising coverage and extensive awareness campaigns via Doordarshan, FM radio, social media platforms like Facebook, Youtube, etc.,
MSMEs play a vital role in creating employment opportunities and contribute significantly to the socio-economic development of the country. The coconut industry is breaking new ground in the application of its products and moving to Pan India with the popularization of the schemes and services available, thus providing employment opportunities as well as the products and their applications.
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