Plantation Expo 2023 lays road map for future, experts deliberate on key themes

The four-day Plantation Expo, organised by the newly set up Plantation Directorate of Kerala Government, concluded on 19th Feb 2023 with experts sharing their perspectives on strengthening the vital sector and raising a global brand of Kerala’s plantation products, besides showcasing diverse produce from estates across the state. Starting on a high note with Industries Minister Shri P Rajeeve announcing that all incentives received by MSMEs in the state would be extended to the plantation sector as well, the event saw planters, subject experts, planners and academics engaging in deliberations on the way forward for the state’s storied plantation sector by tackling  the challenges ahead and exploring new channels of growth.

The expo at Sooryakanthi Exhibition ground, the first of its kind held in the state, drew  a steady stream of visitors from the day one. The expo displayed rich and diverse plantation products including a large variety of  tea, coffee, spices, cashew, spices, coir products and an assortment of value-added items including culinary delights.

Shri. Rajeeve set the context for the deliberations for the seminars at the event, noting that though nearly 42% of the country’s plantation is in Kerala  the sector is having a tough time which needs to be overcome soon, which is crucial for the economic development of Kerala and the wellbeing of the workers engaged by the sector. At seminars in subsequent days, the participants focused on live issues facing plantation sector in the country in general and that of Kerala in particular. The speakers, drawn from different parts of the country, made a strong case for strengthening the post-harvest infrastructure, value-addition of produce to tap domestic and global market, adopting sustainable farming practices to meet grim challenge posed by climate change, capitalising on big demand for wood by earmarking part of large estates for tree-planting and further strengthening the institutional support.

They lauded the Kerala Government on setting up a dedicated Plantation Directorate as part of  the Directorate of Industries and Commerce as this initiative would lead to focussed efforts enabling further growth of the sector, which has played a key role in socio-economic development of Kerala. The website of Plantation Directorate was also launched at the inaugural function of the event. According to Shri Suman Billa, Principal Secretary, Industries,   the Plantation Directorate will help significantly contribute to the revival of plantation sector, which is currently having a rough ride.  Shri A. P. M. Mohammed Hanish, Principal Secretary, Industries, stressed the importance of attracting more people to the plantation sector which is drastically affected by the challenges like climate changes..

The expo featured over 100 stalls showcasing the products from plantations registered in the state, cooperative societies in the plantation sector, traders, distributors and service and equipment providers. The expo also had information counters of the Central and State institutions in the sector.

General Orientation Training program for NRKs on 12.01.2023

Pravasi GOT - A General Orientation Training is scheduled on 12th January 2023 at 2.30 pm (IST) exclusively for the NRKs to familiarize the schemes of the Department and also to familiarize the various initiatives implementing by the Department in connection with the Year of Enterprise project.

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Kerala Pavilion wins gold medal at India International Trade Fair

Kerala Pavilion won gold medal at the India International Trade Fair (IITF)organized in New Delhi. The 6000 square feet pavilion underlining the concept of 'Vocal for Local, Local to Global' won the award in the State & Union Territory Pavilion category.

The State Industry and Commerce Department was awarded the 'Best Theme Exhibitor' award. The Department of Industries set up a themed stall in the fair as a glimpse of Kerala's industrial growth.

India International Trade Fair- 2022

India International Trade Fair 2022 is organized from 14th to 27th November 2022 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. A themed stall of the Department of Industries has been set up in the fair as a glimpse of Kerala's industrial growth.

As part of this year's theme, Vocals for Local and Local for Global, Products from Kerala that have received geographical indication awards and are exported from Kerala are on display at the stalls. Apart from the theme stall, the Industries Department has also arranged 4 commercial stalls to sell the products of 8 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs from Kerala. Kerala's unique delicacies such as coconut oil, spices, various types of chips, cashew mango and Ilanir dishes and electronic products  are available at the commercial stalls.

Celebrating One Lakh Enterprises Milestone Achievement at Directorate of Industries & Commerce

            Hon’ble Minister for Industries, Law and Coir, Shri. P. Rajeev, visited the Directorate of Industries and Commerce on 08 th December 2022 to celebrate the milestone achievement of registering 1,00,000 new enterprises in Kerala as part of the Year of Enterprises Initiative of the Government. Minister congratulated the admirable teamwork and commitment shown by the officers and staff of Industries and Commerce in achieving the historic milestone in the remarkable period of 250 days from April 1 to December 7, 2022.