The Union Territory of Lakshadweep is declared as one of the No.Industry Districts of the country along with Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Mizoram etc. vide notification F.No.7/(15)/71-IC dated.30.09.1972. However industrial potential surveys were conducted by the following Institutions to asses the appropriate Industries suitable to Lakshadweep.
Industrial Development Bank of India:Year 1973.
Small Industries Service Institute, Trichur: Year 1979-80
Regional Research Laboratory, Trivandrum:
Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation Cochin
Report of the export group set up by planning Commission: Year 1993
Industries which do not require huge quantity of water power and which do not pollute the lagoons and soil are best suited to these tiny islands. Based on these recommendations plans are formulated for this U.T.
The department of Industries was established in 1960 and is located in the capital island. The department is now functioning with a total strength of one hundred and sixty eight staff managing Fibre factories, handicraft training cum production centre, coir yarn production centres and DCP coir unit spread over the islands.
The Department of Industries, Lakshadweep functions with the following objectives:
Support entrepreneurs and provide incentives for developing industries in the islands.
Identify and select entrepreneurs, develop entrepreneurship qualities in them, link them with viable project, capacity building for project preparation, equip them with managerial skills, organize financial support and provide advisory support.
Modernize the fibre factories with innovative technologies, new products, skill development, enhanced production and marketing support.
Strengthen Coir Industries with value added products and improved methods of coir spinning, rope making, mats and matting works etc.
Support Industrial Cooperative Societies for extending assistance for activities such as coir spinning, handicraft making, and furniture making etc.
Organize and set up handicraft training centers and promote craftsmanship.
Promote the activities of the Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB)
The main industries of Lakshwadeep are Coir Industry, Small Scale Industries and Handicraft Industries.
The extraction of fibre is from dry coconut husk through mechanical decortications. Brown fibre is again converted into curled fibre, which is a value added product and thinner variety of coir yarn. In the Coir Production Centers, the services of local ladies are used to produce thinner variety of Coir Yarn. All the workers in the Coir Production Centers have been trained under the Mahila coir Yojana Scheme of the Coir Board for producing coir yarn on Motorized Ratts.
Small Scale Industries
Industries which do not require huge quantity of water, power and which do not pollute the lagoons and soil are best suited to these tiny islands.