This unit implements the various schemes proposed by the central and state governments for soil conservation. Land development and soil conservation are the main responsibilities of this unit. The state schemes are now being entrusted on the district panchayaths as a part of the Democratic Decentralization. Some of the important schemes of the soil conservation unit includes the National Watershed Development Project for the Rainfed Areas, Kundah River Project etc.‘Keralakarshakan’ is a prestigious fortnightly farm journal published by the Bureau. The Bureau is associated with the broadcasting of agriculture news by AIR. ‘Farm Guide’ is a prestigious annual publication of the bureau. Besides these things the Bureau prepares and distributes leaflets, booklets etc containing vital agricultural informations. In association with the state library council, the bureau is implementing an ‘Agricultural Book Corner Programme’ which aims at distributing the agriculture related publications of the Kerala Bhasha Institute to the libraries at one-third price. The Bureau is in possession of the most modern communication aids. It plays an appreciable role in providing comprehensive informations required for the extension and developmental aspects of Kerala’s agriculture.
COIRFED Kerala State Co-operative coir marketing federation ltd
Kerala, since the of time has been a land blessed with the bounty of coconuts. And coir, produced from the husks of coconuts, has made it an invaluable treasure of the land. A true product of Kerala, it's magical textures and natural properties are brought to life in the hands of master craftsmen. Finding it a ready market in the farthest corners of the world. in the process, nurturing and nourishing a craftsmanship that evolved over the years. Providing gainful employment to 4 lakh directly and as many as 20 lakh indirectly. JAMES DARRAGH, British Visionary started the first Mechanised Coir Factory Based in the Coir capital, Alappuzha, coirfed is the apex federation of 600 odd Coir co-operatives. A string of Regional Offices and national network of over 100 showrooms ensures that for the lovers of things natural and beautiful, Coir products are within the reach. And it's Fair Pricing policy has made it even more so.
Coirfed plays a stellar role in finding markets as yet untapped and promoting new business opportunities. A wide range of coir products are exported to the highly quality conscious markets of European Union, the United States and so on.
Coir is not just a natural product. It has some winning advantages too. It is biodegradable, environment friendly and echo proof. It helps to retain the natural warmth of the body; the touch of Coir fibre on the soles of the feet improves blood circulation too. And of course, Coir products lasts very long.
The State Planning Board was first constituted in this State in September 1967 with Chief Minister as Chairman and a non-official as part time Vice-Chairman.Apart from minister for Finance and Chief Secretary to the Government there were three other fulltime members.The Director,Bureau of Economics and Statistics was Member Secretary.The Board was formed with a view to enabling the State Governmrnt to formulate development plans based on a scientific assessment of the resources of the State and the growth priorities.the board was assigned the task of preparing the Annual Economic Review to be presented along with the Budget Document to the State legislature.This item continues tobe a regular activity of the board.