|The Cottage Industries Emporium now renamed as Sagarika Emporium was set up 1960 with the need to market the handicrafts / products manufactured by the trainees in the Departmental training cum production centers. Some of the trainees after completion of their training ventured to manufacture the handicraft made out of shell, wood and other locally available raw materials but were unable to market their products. These artisans on request were provide with marketing assistance through the then Cottage Industries Emporium. Initially only 2-4 such artisans took up the profession to earn their bread and butter with a meager sales of total annual sales of Rs 8000/- Since no big industries were coming up due the various geographical constraints handicrafts sector was the only sustainable source of income for the poor artisans. Slowly and gradually the trainees who received training from the Industries Department started taking up the profession of making handicrafts item and marketing through Cottage Industries Emporium.