A success story of self-help society

ROPED IN: The Collector, S. Murugaia (extreme left), interacting with women members of self-help society at Jangalpatti on Thursday.  

K. Raju

DINDIGUL: Women members of Jangalpatti Coconut Workers Self-Help Society have gone in for diversification and cost reduction.

The society has purchased five two-ply coir yarn-making machines at a cost of Rs.4 lakhs to meet their raw material requirements and tap highly potential two-ply coir rope market in Kerala.

Pudhupatti Coconut Growers Self-Help Society offered Rs.50,000. The members contributed Rs.20,000 and managed the balance amount by way of bank loan.

Coconut growers' societies in Athoor, Pudupet, Dharmathupatti, Mallayapuram and Vannampatti are roped in for value addition and raw material supply. These societies have agreed to supply quality fibre to the society to make yarn.

The society president, C. Brinda, said that quality coir yarn, main raw material for doormat, procured from open market, was not good, which ultimately affected quality of doormat.

"We had to shell out huge amount for high quality yarn that would escalate cost of production manifold and make the product costlier. Setting up of a yarn production base would not only reduce cost of yarn but also ensure uniform quality for bulk production.

Moreover, doormat is a slow moving product and demand for quality yarn has been increasing day by day. As a diversification, we have planned to sell yarn directly.

These machines can produce four kg of yarn in an hour. Training is being given to members to operate the machine.

At present, colouring of fibre yarn is done at the centre itself. With 25.81 lakh coconut trees in 16,000 hectares in the district, shortage of husk, main raw material for making yarn, is completely ruled out, she said.

While inaugurating the yarn-making unit, the Collector, S. Murugaia, said that district administration would extend all assistance for development of the society.

Advanced technology should reach villagers for development. They should be trained to add value to their agri-products with locally available raw materials.

Such development would improve rural economy and prevent migration of labour.

Gandhigram Rural Institute Professor and society coordinator, B. Subburaj, said that such mechanisation would help the society to make sustainable income through diversification in a related field. The lead bank manager, T. Palanisamy, assured to extend all financial assistance to the society.