Alappuzha: A host of issues related to the diversification of coir and natural fibre products and the sustainability of the state’s coir industry will come up for debate during a series of seminars over three days starting Tuesday, February 2, at the Coir Kerala 2016.
Industry experts from India and abroad will come together to ideate and moot solutions on the core themes and other topics relevant to the industry, including innovative uses for natural fibre products and emerging production and marketing trends, during international and national seminars held at the EMS stadium, the venue of the sixth edition of the world’s biggest annual trade event on coir and natural fibres.
Dignitaries including Union Minister for MSME Kalraj Mishra; Minister for Revenue and Coir Adoor Prakash; Minister for Agriculture K.P. Mohanan; Surendranath Tripathi, Chairman, Coir Board; Coir secretary Rani George and director of Coir Development K.N. Satheesh will address various sessions at the seminar.
‘Innovative Natural Fiber-based Products: Key Challenges, New Technologies and Future Prospects’ will the subject of a presentation delivered by Prof. Raul Fangueiro, of the Fibrous Materials Research Group at the School of Engineering, Portugal, during Tuesday’s morning session from 10 am – 12.30 pm.
The afternoon session, from 2.30 – 5 pm, will see architects Sajan Pulimoodu and Babu Cherian speak on the ‘Development of Organic Sound Paneling System using Coir Products’ and Ajith Kumar, superintendent, Customs & Central Excise, Kochi, will present the third paper of the day titled ‘Custom Procedure for Coir sector’.
On Wednesday, February 3, the international seminar will again feature presentations on three papers: on (in order) ‘New trends in production, processing and technical application of natural fibre, including coir’ by Dr Ryszard Michal Kozlowski, general director, Institute of Natural Fibres, Poland; ‘Binderless Boards from coconut husks and product diversification’ by Edwin R.P. Keijsers, professor in Food and Biobased Research at Wageningen University in the Netherlands; and ‘Product Diversification and Market Channeling’ by John Nicholas Hahn of Hahn International Ltd., USA.
Presentations at the national seminar scheduled to be inaugurated by Kalraj Mishra on Thursday, February 4, will look at the challenges and opportunities affected sustainability of Kerala’s Coir industry. Three papers will be delivered: on (in order) ‘Coir Industry – Operational Issues’ by Kerala State Coir Corporation chairman Rajendra Prasad; ‘Sustainability of the coir industry in Alappuzha-Chertala taluk’ by Coirfed Chief administrator K.M. Raju; and ‘Small Scale Coir Sector – Issues and Opportunities’ by A.K. Rajan, chairman, Kerala Coir Workers Welfare Fund Board.
Celebrities and cine stars will add colour to this year’s Coir Kerala at Alappuzha, as a number of mesmerizing cultural programs are being organized as part of the five-day event that began in this coastal city on Monday.
Public entry for the cultural events is free on all five evenings. Expected to attract foreign delegates and public, noted film personalities like Tini Tom and Asha Sarath will perform at the cultural retreats that are arranged at EMS stadium, the main venue of the February 1-5 Coir Kerala 2016. The timings are 7pm to 10pm.
IPTA will present a ‘Naatupaatu Padayani’ on Tuesday, blending traditional folk songs blend with engaging beats. ‘Drishyam’ fame Asha Sharath will grace the Wednesday show with classical dance.
The next evening, there will be a ‘Ghazal Sandhya’ by famed musician Umbai and his group, followed by a ‘Mappila Ganamela’ by Seena Ramesh and party.
Popular comedian Tini Tom and his team are to take the crowd on a laughter ride on Friday night with ‘Comedy Festival and Mimics Mega Show’, marking the end of the event.
On the inaugural day today, playback singer Najim Irshad, Sangeetha Prabhu and party regaled the crowd with a musical evening with memorable songs.