Government of India is implementing various Schemes for promotion of coir in the country and to enhance the production and export of coir and coir products. The Schemes are Coir Udhyami Yojana, Science & Technology and Coir Vikas Yojana comprising of components like Skill Upgradation, Quality Improvement Scheme and Mahila Coir Yojana, Export Market Promotion & Domestic Market Promotion. Government is also implementing the Scheme of Funds for Regeneration of Traditional Industries(SFURTI) for development of Coir Clusters. Under the ASPIRE Scheme of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Coir Board is in the process of establishing Livelihood Incubation Centres in various parts of the country, which will provide training and handholding support to new entrepreneurs of coir sector.
The thrust of Government has been to promote production of coir in the non-traditional States for which Coir Board has recently opened offices in Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, Kavaratti in Lakshadweep and Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In addition, Government through Coir Board has been focusing on production of value added products to cater to domestic as well as foreign markets.
This information was given by the Minister of State, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Giriraj Singh in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.