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Economy of Kerala

The major cash crops of Kerala - rubber, coconut, cashew, spices, coffee, ginger and pepper form the bulk of agricultural exports from the State. Teak, rosewood and ebony are open to commercial government-monitored lumbering. Chemicals, fertilizers, shipbuilding, aluminium, metals, electronics, synthetic textiles and plywood are the largest industries. A large number of people in Kerala are employed in seafood exports, coconut fibre weaving, cashew processing and fishing.

The tourism industry has really come up, generating good revenue for this State. The literacy rate here is about 98% and is the highest in India. Industrial investment however, has not been forthcoming in this Communist state where trade unions are very powerful and minimum wages for workers high. Economic developments like land reforms, which abolished the feudal institution of landlordism and launched a land redistribution drive, have been very successful.

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