Coir Cluster

 Indranagar Coir Cluster :-


Background of the cluster :- With the assistance of Coir Board, Govt. of India and the State Govt. a Training Cum Production Centre (TCPC) of coir has been established at Indranagar, Agartala in the year 2001. Trainers from Coir Board conducted few training programmes on making coir yarn and coir doormats up to the year 2005-06 and about 600 women have been trained but none could start any business activity. In the middle of the year 2007-08 women trained so far on coir products at the TCPC have been allowed to use the facilities of the TCPC as Common Facility Centre (CFC) for production of different items of different products and only ten out of them responded to the call and started production of coir yarn and coir doormats by using the facility in the CFC.

Within six months of the initiative number of persons (women) working in the centre has been increased to 20 (twenty) and they are the members of 2 SHGs. Fresh training programmes have been started from January-2008 and the total number of artisans working in the CFC became 35 (Thirty-five) in the middle of 2008 and they were earning @ Rs 760/- per month on average.

SFURTI :- Looking at the pace of development at the coir CFC at Indranagar, Coir Board, Govt. of India has shown their interest to implement the ‘Scheme for Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI)’ at Indranagar Coir Cluster for further development of the coir activities in the area and for this purpose SOFED was given the responsibility of Implementing Agency for SFURTI at Indranagar Coir Cluster. Since August 2008 SOFED is coordinating its cluster development initiative at Indranagar Coir Cluster under SFURTI.

Impact of SFURTI in Indranagar Coir Cluster :-


Increase in earning of artisans of Indranagar Coir Cluster








Average earning per month (in Rs)







Increase in number of artisans







Number of artisans






Present Activities in the CFC, Indranagar Coir Cluster :-

          Collection of coconut husk
          Defibring of husk
          Making yarn from fibre
          Dying of yarn/fibre (as per requirement)
          Making different types of doormats (Dutch Mat, Mesh Mat, Sinnet Mat, Fibre Mat)         




The activities are done in cluster approach :-

          Individual workers have formed groups among themselves
          Groups have formed a cooperative and working in cluster approach.
          Procurement of materials and selling of products are done through the cooperative

Supports provided from SOFED :-

        Training and technical guidance in every stages of the entire process
          Providing Common Facility Centre and its maintenance
          Providing raw-materials as loan (if required)
          Providing marketing support
          Byers’ – Sellers meet

Observations :-

          No. of workers and their volume of workers are gradually increasing
          Looking at the success of the existing workers more individuals are showing interest
          Their confidence level and interest for work are increasing


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