A Computer Based Economic Study on Manufacturing and Marketing of Coir in Tirunelveli District
Using the internet to collect data is convenient and can greatly extend sample representativeness; however, the use of internet is not without some risk. During the doctoral research of one of the authors, data were being collected using a mobile computer laboratory with an array of laptop computers, so as to avoid the time-consuming data entry process. Coir industry in India is an agro-based, village and cottage industry. Despite of favourable contribution to employment and income of the people and country’s economy in innumerable ways, the coir sector does not get the required support from the government, banks, financial institutions and other lending institutions in order to provide quality goods and services, to meet the competition, to create demand and to attract customers in both National as well as International markets. Even though the coir sector has potentials in India, they are facing a number of problems. Few studies have already been made on coir industry, both at the micro and the macro levels to evaluate the performance of coir industry in India and in Tamil Nadu. But these studies have not made any systematic attempt to analyze coir industry at a district level. As a provider of employment opportunities, the coir industry in Tirunelveli district comes only from agriculture. At present, there are 289 coir units in Tirunelveli district providing employment opportunities to as many as 2764 persons. In this context, an attempt has been made to study as how far the units of the coir industry have contributed to the promotion of the economic progress of the district. Computer on line sources and for collection of this studied data.
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