Coir is one of the oldest industries in India. India’s major coconut producing states are Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Assam, Orissa, Andaman & Nicobar, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep, etc. India, the major global coconut producer, accounts for more than two third of the world’s coir and coir products production.
India , accounts for about 90% of the total global coir fibre production. India produces about 280,000 metric tonne (MT) of coir fibre annually. The coir industry employs about 5.5 lakh (0.55 million) people in the country. Kerala, accounts for about 61% of India’s coconut production.Coir Exports
The exports of coir and coir products in 2020-21 was at Rs. 3,779 crore (US$ 487 million), an increase of 37% from the previous year. During the same period, the export quantity was 1.16 million metric tonne (MT), an increase of 17.6% from the previous year, which was 0.99 million MT.
Coir pith is the largest exported coir product from India with 2020-21 exports at Rs. 1,919.74 crore (US$ 243 million), about 51% of the total coir exports from India during the same period.
India exports coir and coir products to more than 100 countries around the globe. During 2020-21, about 106 countries exported coir products from India .
USA is the largest importer of coir and coir products from India, accounting for 19% of the total quantity and 31% of the total value exported from India in 2020-21. China being the second largest importer, accounted for 20.7% of the value and 34.8% of the quantity during the same period.