KANPUR: To create awareness about the booming small-scale industry of incense sticks, which has made its presence felt even in the international market, a training programme on `agarbatti’ and `dhoopbatti’ manufacturing was organised in the city, here on Thursday.
The single extension unit of Fragrance and Flavour Development Centre, a government of India Society under Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises is conducting a 10-day long programme (from February 21 to March 1) for those interested in starting a small scale business.
The main purpose of the programme is to make participants aware about the manufacturing of incense sticks. Extension officer, Bhakti Vijay Shukla said: “In view of the existing global market for incense sticks, a change has been made in the `agarbatti’ ingredients. The most popular fragrances of incense sticks are sandal and floral. But there are other new fragrances like green apple, strawberry, vanilla and chocolate, which are used for the purpose of export only. A number of biotic materials are also used in its manufacture, including seeds, barks, roots, leaves, charcoal, flowers and others. Also, few essential oils, gums, resins and aromatic chemicals are being used.”
In order to lure the international customers, companies manufacturing incense sticks for aroma therapy are also emphasising on the packaging and making various shapes of the product. “The overall export of incense sticks in international market accounts up to Rs 2,500 crore per year. Apart from manufacturing incense sticks, the companies are making packaging more attractive. There are a varieties of shapes and colours in `dhoopbatti’ segment,” claimed Singh.