Coir rope making is now a flourishing industry at Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) estate at Swarupkathi under Nesarabad upazila of the district.
Strong and thick ropes, made with coir mixed with different kinds of materials like cotton, cloth, jute, plastic and nylon, are sent to different places of the country including Dhaka.
Visiting the BSCIC industrial estate at Miarhat in Swarupkathi a few days ago, this correspondent found workers busy making different kinds of coir ropes at 14 factories in the area.
“This industry flourished here during the last three or four years. Every week around 100 tonnes of coir is produced in this area and we sell it for Tk 60 to Tk 120 per kg, depending on category of ropes,” said Rubel Mia, owner of Sonar Bangla Rope Industry.
Zahir Mia, owner of Zahir Enterprise, said they are able to make 30 mm thick ropes in factory and it is mostly used in launches, ships, trucks and households.
“We collect raw materials like garment wastes, plastic and other elements from different factories for using with coir to make ropes. We send the ropes to Khulna, Chattogram and Dhaka by trucks,” said Sultan, a coir trader.
Rasel, worker of a coir rope making factory, said he gets Tk 400 as daily wage for the work.
Coir rope making has created employment opportunity for around 1200 youths in the area, said Abdul Mazid, owner of Sonar Bangla Coir Industry.
Shishir Kumar Paul, a coir and crafts exporter from Dhaka, said, “I visited this place one month ago to examine the coir products. I am satisfied with the quality and want to export the products from here.”
“Most of coir factories here started making ropes three years ago. There is good prospect of its further development in this area,” said Harun-Or-Rashid, estate officer of BCSIC, Swarupkathi.
“BISIC industrial estate was established here in 1961 on 24.74 acres of land and now there are 67 different kinds of industrial units here,”