Agartala: The Central Government in a significant decision has increased import duty on Agarbatti that will immensely benefit hundreds of incense stick makers of Tripura. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb informed this and told the co-operative societies to utilize this opportunity.
The incense stick (Agarbatti) is used in almost every household in India and has a big market. Tripura is one of the major suppliers of bamboo sticks used for making of incense sticks in industries of Karnataka, Mysore and other places. Recently the industry was facing a serious challenge from imports.
The Chief Minister said it is a great relief for the industry and the stick makers of this State. He said the time has come for the co-operative societies to think about how they can generate more income become self-sufficient. He told the co-operatives to think of establishing bamboo-based industries in the areas where bamboo is available. He said it will be highly profitable if we can make bamboo products utilizing the skill already available in the State.
He had a specific message for the Gomati Milk Producers Co-operative Union Limited that is running the Agartala Dairy and responsible for supply of packaged milk across the city. The Chief Minister told the co-operative to enlarge their milk collection network as the State has taken a special initiative to increase milk production.