Financial Daily from THE HINDU group of publications
Thursday, May 11, 2006

Cross Currency

Group Sites

Industry & Economy - Economy
States - Kerala

Kerala's top five industries show significant growth

Our Bureau

Chemical, tourism, rubber, food and coir sectors do well

CII carried out the survey to analyse the performance of the top five sectors of the Southern Region States.

Kochi , May 10

Kerala's chemical industry improved its performance in the October-March period last fiscal by increasing production and sales by 20-25 per cent and 15-20 per cent respectively.

The other top industries of the State such as tourism, rubber processing, food processing, and coir, also registered significant growth during the same period, according to the findings of the Business Outlook Survey conducted by the CII - Southern Region.

CII carried out the survey to analyse the performance of the top five sectors of the Southern Region States during the period under review and provide an outlook for the first six months of 2006-07 and identify issues and concerns. Owing to good monsoon and demand, the chemical and fertiliser industry was able to increase production and sales during the period. Exports too rose by 5-10 per cent.

The foreign exchange earned by Kerala's tourism industry increased by 20 per cent, with the inflow of tourists going up 15-20 per cent.

Occupancy rate in hotels and resorts showed a moderate increase and the profit margins increased substantially by raising the tariffs in hotels and resorts.

The inflow of tourist revenue is expected to grow at 20-25 per cent while industry revenue is expected to rise 15-20 per cent in April-September 2006, thanks to the growing corporate demand and growth of ayurvedic tourism.

However, the tourism industry is facing very stiff competition from Kashmir and some foreign destinations, with the Indian tourists getting attracted to several foreign destinations thanks to reduced prices of air tickets.

Coir production and sales in the State, which is the largest producer of coconut contributing as much as 45 per cent of the country's total production, saw 10 per cent growth in production of five per cent growth in sales.

Exports rose by 10 per cent, testifying to the global demand for coir products.

Accounting for 92 per cent of the total production of natural rubber in India, Kerala registered 5-10 per cent growth in processed rubber sales during the October-March period, indicating an upward trend.

Production is expected to grow by 10-15 per cent and sales by 5-6 per cent. Exports are expected to grow by 10-15 per cent.

However, the industry faces immense transportation problem due to poor quality roads. CII has urged the Government to reduce duties and taxes on the industry.

The food processing industry performed marginally better during the period.

Production and sales rose by around five per cent. The inventory level decreased by 25 per cent and the level of employment by around five per cent.

More Stories on : Economy | Kerala

Article E-Mail :: Comment :: Syndication :: Printer Friendly Page

Stories in this Section
Scarce rains hit tea output in Assam, Bengal

BoR hikes NRE deposit rates
Sale of Standard Motors' property still not over?
Manufacturing posts robust growth: CII
Kerala's top five industries show significant growth
Asia-Pacific partners finalise draft action plan
`Urea not allowed in organic farming'
Call to boost economic ties between India, Korea
Gilead's AIDS drug patent faces patient networks' opposition
`Clarifications on SEZ rules soon'
ONGC to award CBM project to MEC consortium
MRPL to export petro products to Mauritius
Oil companies to expand gasohol supply across TN
Hardening oil prices pose risk: Rakesh
Ghatghar Hydroelectric Project may be completed on May 27
HSBC to grow SME exposure by 30 pc
`Private participation must for water resources development projects'
Nod for coal expansion projects
Prasar Bharati aiming at Rs 1,500-cr revenue
CCEA nod for DD, AIR services
Veta plans to increase coaching centres
`Karnataka should strengthen educational infrastructure'
Duty cut on small cars boosts sales
Regional navigation satellite system
Award for SEC Industries
CCMB scientists develop knockout mouse strain
Nod for capital infusion in Teletech
Plea to take action against insurance co
`Govt yet to decide on special economic regions'

The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

Copyright 2006, The Hindu Business Line. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu Business Line