Government of Tamil Nadu
Coir

Next to Kerala, Tamil Nadu occupies pride in coir industry in India and in brown fibre sector, Tamil Nadu stands first.  To increase the utilisation of husks and more employment, the State Government and Coir Board have implemented various schemes in the State.

            At present, 5399 coir units under private sector are functioning. Under the control of Department of Industries and Commerce, 65 coir industrial cooperative societies having the activities of fibre extraction, yarn spinning, curled coir manufacturing and rubberised coir products manufacturing are functioning. Out of these 65 coir societies, 4 Coir marketing societies at regional level have been organized to market the coir products of the primary coir societies. The above 65 coir industrial cooperative societies are functioning with 10894 members and with a share capital of
Rs. 308.55  lakhs.
The performance details of Coir Societies for the past years are furnished below

Year No of Societies

No of
members

Sales
( Rs in Lakhs )

2012-13

71

10478

1607.01

2013-14

69

11644

2011.10

2014-15

66

11073

2226.54

2015-16

66

10951

2515.81

2016-17

65

10894

2620.74

 

Coir Schemes:

1. Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI)
           
            The Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries popularly known as SFURTI is formulated and approved by the Government of India with the aim of making traditional industries including coir more productive and competitive and to facilitate their sustainable development.  The scheme provides various facilities like replacement of equipments, setting up of common facilities, support for development of new products, designs, packaging, market promotion, capacity building etc.  Under XIIth Plan period, the Government of India accorded in-principle approval for establishing 9 Coir Clusters at Coimbatore, Madurai, Dindigul, Kanyakumari, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Tiruppur, Pudukkottai and Tirunelveli Districts. Various activities like production of Coir pith block, Coir brush, Needle felt mattresses, Garden articles, Jewellery, Coir ply board, Geo-textiles are proposed to be undertaken in those Coir Clusters. Diagnostic Study Reports (DSR) were prepared by the agencies empanelled by the Central Scheme Steering Committee of Government of India according to which the activities as well as project cost have been revised as Rs.25.86 crore than Rs.8.81 crore as found in the original project reports, recommended by the State Government.  These Diagnostic Study Reports were evaluated with reference to their viability and sustainability by the Project Screening Committee of Coir Board. In the meantime, the Revamped SFRUTI guidelines have been issued by the Government of India and ITCOT has been appointed as Technical Agency. As per the Detailed Project Report (DPR) submitted by the ITCOT, the Government of India have given final approval for the Dharmapuri, Madurai, Dindigul, Kangeyum (Tiruppur), Pollachi, Nagercoil and Tirunelveli Coir Clusters. For the remaining 2 Coir Clusters, final approval is awaited from Government of India.