Lakshadweep is a no-industry area. However,an Industrial
potential survey conducted by the industrial Development
Bank of India has revealed that the area has scope for
Industrial development. On the request of the Administration
Agencies like Small Industries Service Institute, Trichur,
Regional Research Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram, Industrial
and Technical Consultency Organisation, Kochi etc have
prepared detailed industrial potentiality reports for
Lakshadweep and suggested various kinds of ventures having
developmental potential based on resources available and
demand for implementation. The expert group set up by
the planning commission on prospects of small scale Industries
in Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep group of Islands
has also studied the problems of the Islands and mentioned
certained suggestion and remedial measures in their report
for the development of Small Scale Industries Sector.
Coconut husk is the main raw material available for the
development of the cottage Industries in Lakshadweep.
Considering the scope for coir and coir based industries,coir
demonstration cum training centres were established during
1974-75 to train the local women folk in production of
thinner variety coir yarn which has good market not only
in Islands but also in mainland. Under the coir sector
there are seven coir Fiber factories,six coir production-cum-demonstration
centres and three fiber curling units functioning in different
islands except Minicoy and Bitra Island with 316 workers.
Amoung these seven coir Fiber factories, the department
has introduced second shift of work in three factories
at Kavaratti,Amini and Kadmath during the last plan period.
The Second shift of work in the remaining of expansion
work. The above coir units under the department has produced
380 MT coir fiber,67 MT curled rope and 42 MT coir yarn
during 1997-98. In addition to the above unit the department
has also established one coir spinners industrial copertive
society at Amini during May 1997 under coir sector.
Out of the two Handicaraft Training Centres established
at Kavaratti and Kalpeni in 1973 and 1979 respectively,
one is continuing to impart training to local candidates
in making seashell-toys, coconutshells-craft, wood carving
etc. After training they are provided with tools and equipments
on 50% subsidy to establish their own production units.
The hosiery factory established in 1967 at Kalpeni produces
vests,tee shirts,etc. Presently the factory provides regular
employment to 17 persons and job work employment to 13
persons. During 1997-98 the factory has produced 11817
different size baniyans in addtion to allied products.