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Karnataka to set up coir sub-centres

Bangalore, Oct 12 (KNN)  The Coir Board will open a chain of sub-centres across Karnataka to disseminate various technological advancements and machinery developed by the board’s research institutes.

The sub-centres will also serve as procurement hubs for coconut husk from which coir yarn can be extracted to create a variety of value-added products.

Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises K H Muniyappa on Friday said during the 12th Plan, 20 new coir clusters are proposed to be set up at an outlay of Rs 30 crore.

He said the state’s fibre utilisation is presently low at 24 per cent and it is targeting utilisation rate of at least 60 per cent going ahead.

According to Coir Board figures, Karnataka presently has 4,29,860 hectares under coconut cultivation with estimated annual nut production in the range of 3,056 million. 

The Karnataka government is now pushing the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI), with the Coir Board receiving numerous proposals to establish industrial coir units in these clusters. Export-oriented units are also likely to set up operations in the upcoming coir clusters.

A seminar on the development of the coir industry in the state will be held on the occasion of the opening of the first Kolar sub-centre on Saturday.