Alappuzha in Kerala is a major Coir products supplier to the world. The development of the Coir sector is the top agenda of sustainable development as it creates environment friendly products. Their application for domestic use along with the usage in housing, building, agriculture, horticulture, and infrastructure production are significant.

    Coir Sector is a major traditional sector of Kerala in terms of the employment generation and foreign exchange earnings. Kerala accounts for 61 per cent of coconut production and about 85 per cent coir products in India. Estimates suggest that 3.75 lakh persons are employed in the Coir sector, both in the co-operative and private sectors, of which 80 per cent are women. This highlights the importance of this sector for Kerala’s economy.

    The development activities and programmes of the Coir sector in Kerala are coordinated by the Directorate of Coir Development, GoK. The Directorate also acts as a facilitator for the promotion of Coir sector in the State. The Kerala State Coir Corporation, Foam Mattings (India) Ltd., COIRFED, National Coir Research and Management Institute (NCRMI), Kerala State Coir Machinery Manufacturing Company and the Kerala State Coir Workers Welfare Fund Board are the important agencies functioning for the promotion of Coir sector. The Coir Board at Cochin is the arm of the Central Government for the development and promotion of the sector in the State.

    The export of Coir and Coir products of PSUs in Kerala shows a positive trend from 2013-14 to 2017-18. As compared to the previous year, the export shows a hike of about 8.1 per cent in 2017-18.

    Major Coir Products
    • Coir Yarn and Ropes
    • Door Mats
    • Fiber Mats
    • Coir Door Mats
    • Coir Mattings
    • Sisal Mattings
    • Grass Mattings
    • Jute Mattings

    Government of Kerala Agencies
    • Kerala State Coir Corporation Ltd.
    • Foam Mattings (India) Limited (FOMIL)
    • Kerala State Co-operative Coir Marketing Federation (COIRFED)
    • Central Coir Co-operative Societies
    • Primary Co-operative Societies