Incense cottage industries lose their fragrance

The import of raw bamboo sticks saw an increase of 78 percent from 2009 to 2019, pushing hand-rolling artisans out of business. Bengaluru:¬†Despite several attempts from the state and central governments, the cottage industries manufacturing hand-rolled agarbattis (incense sticks) are slowly dying. Though India remains one of the top exporters of incense sticks, the unavailability […]

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