By: PTI | Updated at : 25 Nov 2022 03:24 PM (IST)
Basavaraj Bommai (File Photo)
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday inaugurated AIAMA Expo 2022- the most extensive International Agarbathi Expo & Conference at Palace Grounds in Bangalore. The event is organised by All India Agarbathi Manufacturing Association (AIAMA), the premier association representing the Agarbathi industry in India.
This is the first time that the Agarbathi industry is holding an event of this scale. The three-day event, from Nov 24-26, has been conceptualised around the theme of ‘Traditionally Modern’.
A special edition of picture postcards was released by the Department of Post to commemorate the occasion.
The Guests of Honour at the inauguration of AIAMA Expo 2022 were R. Ashoka, Revenue Minister of Karnataka, Murugesh Nirani, Minister of Large and Medium Industries of Karnataka and Kedar Vaze, M D, S.H. Kelkar and Co. Ltd. There will be more than 170 exhibitors from India and other countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, and a few European Countries. Close to around .8000 delegates are expected to visit the landmark exposition during the three-day event, said the release.
Speaking at the inaugural event, Chief Minister Shri Basavaraj Bommai said, “Karnataka is home to some of the most mesmerising fragrances like Jasmine and sandalwood. AIAMA Expo 2022 is a great step towards promoting innovation and is aligned with our Prime Minister’s vision of Atma Nirbar Bharath.”
“It is also wonderful to see that women comprise about 80% of the workforce in the agarbathi industry and rural women are contributing to the economic growth of the country. We are in the process of coming up with a new Forest Act for the state, that will also include ease of doing business for the Agarbathi Industry,” he said.
Stating that he is feeling very happy to be a part of this event, Chief Minister Bommai further added saying, “Agarbathi and Fragrance is in the business of spreading happiness. It elevates the mood and makes us feel cheerful. In such small things there is a lot of happiness.”
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