Kerala to procure coir fibre from Karnataka and AP

With coir fibre scarcity turning severe in the State, the Coir Board is making moves to procure the fibre from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Stating this here on Tuesday, Coir Board chairman V.S. Vijayaraghavan said the Board would also extend a 15 per cent subsidy on the cost of the fibre to small scale coir manufacturers’ cooperative societies apart from to mats and matting cooperative societies. A sum of Rs.2 crore has been earmarked for this purpose and a proposal to this effect has been submitted to the Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, he said.

As for mitigating the fibre scarcity in the State, the fibre would be sourced through the regional offices of the Board located at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh and Bangalore in Karnataka. The decision to procure fibre from these States was taken considering their position as the third and fourth ranked States in fibre production.

The fibre extracted from dry husk from these States would be treated with enzymes as per the technology developed by the Central Coir Research Institute in association with the Indian Association of Cultivation Sciences, so as to make it suitable for spinning, Mr. Vijayaraghavan said.

The Board has also developed a mobile de-fibering machine for instantaneous extraction of fibre from raw husk available in rural areas. This machine would soon be marketed commercially. This would also help convert at least 60 per cent of the coconut husk available in the State into coir fibre so that Kerala could soon become self-reliant in that aspect.

Mr. Vijayaraghavan also said that though procurement of coir fibre fell within the purview of the State Government, the Coir Board had decided to step in to enhance availability of the fibre in order to overcome the prevailing problem of fibre scarcity in the State.

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