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Among the traditional industries of the state,coir industry has prime significance. It is the biggest employment giver in rural Kerala, engaging around four lakh people. Eighty percentof whom are women. But with proper direction and a growth mechanism, the sector can acquirethe potential to generate still larger employment. The industry also earns a foreign exchangeof more than Rs. 800 crores per year.Directorate of coir development is the agency for implementingall policy decisions of the Government of Kerala as regards coir industry.The Directorate is the controlling authority of the ten coir project offices at Chirayinkeezhu, Kollam, Kayamkulam, Alappuzha, Vaikom, North Paravur, Thrissur, Ponnani, Kozhikode and Kannur in the state .The State Government has envisaged to introduce a planned and innovative develop ment strategy in the sector. It aims at promoting progressive development of the sector and generating more sustained employ- ment therein.The programme of action of the Directorate is anchored on the concept of functioning as a facilitator for thepromotion and sustainability of the coir sector in Kerala’s economy

Dr T M Thomas Issac
Hon'ble Minster for Coir