Cyber Park Kannur
Cyberpark is a society formed by GoK under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 with the main object of acting as a hub for the development of the IT/ITES industry in northern region of the Kerala State. It is formed in line with Technopark in south and Infopark in the central regions. Its first project is the development of Cyberpark in Kozhikode and as its spokes Kannur. Another spoke Kazargode IT parks is on the pipe line.
A majority of the population of the district is dependent directly or indirectly on agriculture for their livelihood. The main crops grown in the district are paddy, coconut, pepper, cashew, tapioca, arecanut and plantation crops like rubber. Asia’s largest cinnamon estate producing cinnamon spice established by Lord Brown of British East India company in the year CE 1767 is located at Anjarakandy in Kannur district.
On the industrial sector, Kannur district has had industrial importance from very early days. Being blessed with a variety of factors such as good soil, salubrious climate, rich forests, enormous fishing potentials, minerals as well as infrastructural facilities like road, rail, inland water transport, etc., the district offers ample scope for the development of industries. Nevertheless, Kannur is an industrially backward district in the state. There is only one major and five mini industrial estates in the district. Keltron Complex, Mangattuparamba and Western India Plywood’s, Valappattanam are the two major industries. The district has 12 medium-scale industries, most of which are either cotton textile or plywood manufacturing.
Handloom Textiles, beedi and coir are the important traditional industries in the district. About one lakh people depend on the textile industry for livelihood. The first ready-made garment unit in Kannur and the first hosiery unit in Kuthuparamba were started around the end of the 19th century. The beedi industry provides employment to about 50,000 people. The coir industry which uses traditional technology provides employment to about 11,000 workers. Kannur, Thalassery, Payyannur, Taliparamba and Edakkad have been identified as growth centers, having potential for industrial development.