Agri Business

Coir Board sees scope to tap market for control of soil erosion

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on February 24, 2011

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The Coir Board Chairman, Mr V.S. Vijayaraghavan, has expressed confidence that coir geo-textiles exports to the 40-nation International Erosion Control Association (IECA) member countries are slated to pick up , going by the encouraging enquiriesat the four-day annual IECA conference and exposition at Florida, which began on February 20.

The annual conference of IECA, represented by about 3,000 members drawn from 40 countries besides17 professional bodies, including environmentalists, contractors, importers, architects, decision makers and corporates, provides an opportunity to showcase the products, technologies and innovations in the field of erosion control and soil stabilisation measures before the global community.

The Coir Board is a corporate member of the IECA.

However, application of coir geo-textiles accounts for hardly two per cent of the global requirements in soil erosion control measures in which synthetic alternatives continue to play a dominant role.

Even an increase of 2-3per cent in the share of coir in the global geo-textile market in the coming years can lead to a quantum jump in the export of the Indian coir geo-textiles.

New products

In the context of the constantly changing requirements of the erosion control industry and the erosion control products, the Coir Board is also equipping itself to meet the growing global requirements by developing new coir products to cope with the latest requirements of the end users.

Currently, Indian coir geo-textiles were being exported to 25 out of the 40 IECA member countries of which the US accounted for 41 per cent in terms of quantity and 31 per cent in value terms of the 3,754 tonnes of coir geo-textiles valued at Rs 20.23crore exported from India during 2009-10.

Export scenario

Addressing the IECA conference, Mr Vijayaraghavan said the Government had taken up as a pilot project construction of 400 km of rural roads in various states, as part of the National Rural Road Construction Projects, using the eco-friendly coir geo-textile for inner lay that saves a lot of road construction materials.

Published on February 24, 2011

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