KANNUR: Minister for Cooperation G. Sudhakaran has called for modernisation of the coir sector to equip it to diversify its products to suit changing tastes and demands.
Inaugurating the State-level launching of a project for setting up outlets in the co-operative sector for selling coir products as part of the second anniversary of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government at Payyannur here on Saturday, the Minister said that the government had already announced plans to modernise and diversify the coir sector.
The proposed plan to establish at least one sales outlet in each panchayat under the co-operative sector was to increase the domestic sale of coir products, he said.
Mr. Sudhakaran said that the State would have more than 1,000 coir products marketing centres if the proposed outlets being planned under the co-operative sector were set up.
While export of coir products would be given priority, initiatives would be taken to tap domestic demand for the products. Plans to open marketing centres in different parts of the country were also in the pipeline, he announced.
Disclosing that the coir sector in the State recorded total export to the tune of Rs.600 crore last year, the Minister said that the crisis in the sector would permanently come to an end if it could achieve domestic sales in the range of Rs.300 to Rs. 400 crore.
The Minister said that emphasis should be given to products that would serve contemporary tastes and designs. He said that a composite coir board factory would be set up at Vaikkom under the co-operative sector. The project’s estimated cost was Rs.5 crore, he added.