Coconut and communities: Coir cooperative moving up the value chain

This is a UPNRM project implemented by Thenigana Narina Kushala Kaigarika Sahakara Sangha (TNKKSS) in Tumkur District, Karnataka:
Farmers mostly landfill or burn coconut shells, not knowing that these could be a source of additional income. Hence, the project promotes the production of coir panels from coconut shells, securing 593 poor families an income of Rs. 24,000 p.a. Since the coir panels are an alternative to wood products like plywood and hard wood, they also reduce deforestation.