Alappuzha, Feb 5: ??The acoustics panels displayed at Coir Kerala 2016 is a good example of the ongoing product diversification efforts in the coir sector, said Revenue and Coir Minister Shri Adoor Prakash. “The National Coir Research and Management Institute is working in the development of new technology and machinery,” said the Minister, in his valedictory address, on the concluding day of the five-day international Coir expo.M
“We need to move forward from mats and mattresses, and the Accoir acoustics panel, developed through R&D has picked up a lot of interest at the exhibition.” The acoustic panels are an eco-friendly soundproofing system for recording studios and homes.
Highlighting the positive changes that have been introduced in the sector in the past five years, including wages increasing from Rs 100 to Rs 300, Shri Prakash said that the coir industry should not be limited to Alappuzha, but should now spread to all the 14 districts of the state.
The Minister, who had a direct interaction with coir workers earlier today, pointed out that workers made requests for the latest defibering machines, demonstrating that “mechanisation is the way forward”.
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Alappuzha, Feb 5: Coir sector workers presented their problems, ranging from the absence of Coirfed godowns to stock their fibre, to the paucity of work and the slow distribution of d??efib?ering machines and electronic ratts, directly to Revenue and Coir Minister Shri Adoor Prakash. During the session held at Coir Kerala 2016, Shri Prakash offered immediate remedial action in some instances, or asked coir project officers to make inquiries in some cases. “Coir Kerala have been able to bring about positive changes in the sector,” said the Minister, who started the direct interaction session with coir workers four years back. “The need of the hour is to attract workers to the sector; mechanisation is the way forward.”
Technology seems to be slowly bringing about change. One society worker from Kayamkulam, which has over 100 societies, said that there are instances of women coming to work with their daughters, who are doing their graduation and post-graduation courses. “A family of three can earn up to Rs 1,000 in a day,” he said.
Alappuzha, Feb5: An annual event like Coir Kerala gives major boost to the state’s cooperative societies in the sector, if the five-day event that concluded here today is any indication.
The EMS stadium here housed around 20 stalls in a national pavilion run by coir cooperative societies, displaying products of various size, prices, design and uses—much to the curiosity of the visitors. There was increased public participation that augmented the scope for marketing the coir products made by cooperative societies.
“Coir Kerala is indeed a great platform to market our product in a large scale,” said Suresh Babu, representative of Alappey Small Scale Coir Mattings Producer’s Co operative society at Avalukkunnu. “People visiting this exhibition-cum-sale event are showing interest in our carpets and mats, with quite a few of them placing orders—wholesale as well as retail. Coir Kerala also helps us assess the products of other organisations and understand new trends in the sector.”