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Friday, January 06, 2012 - 7.42 GMT

Measures to develop coir industry


The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has taken action to initiate a project to develop coir machinery with the aim of upgrading coir industry.

Accordingly, a MoU was signed between the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and University of Moratuwa to support new coir machinery development processes.

The Ministry also handed over Rs.1.25 in additional financing to Department of Electrical Engineering of the Moratuwa University on 05 January to further develop the already successful coir automation machinery.

“We need to increase value addition to our coir exports since 90% of our coir exports are in raw form. Also, as I am given to understand by the Coconut Development Authority (CDA) of Sri Lanka, from the husks coming out of our total 3 Billion units of annual coconut output, only 30% of the husks are converted into coir fibre. With the support of CDA, we can increase this percentage so that our coir industry readily benefits from it” Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen revealed.

The Sri Lankan coir fibre used as inputs for many products, is one of the most sought after natural fibre products in the world. Sri Lanka produces 35% of the world’s natural coir output. Almost all the coir fibre produced here are natural with no synthetic fibre produced. 90% of coir exports are in raw form. The raw coir is exported to UK , France , Germany , India and China .







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