Tripura CM sends queen pineapples for Hasina
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb yesterday sent 800 kilograms of queen pineapples as a return gift to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, six days after Bangladesh PM had sent 300 kilograms of Haribhanga mangoes to Deb.
The consignment in 80 cartons, after rigorous quality checks, was sent to Bangladesh through Akhaura Integrated Check Post (ICP) in Brahmanbaria around 9:00am.
Tarit Kanti Chakma, director of Industries, Commerce and Tourism of Tripura State, handed over the gift to Udat Jhan, Second Secretary of the Indian Assistant High Commission in Chittagong, at Akhaura Land Port zero point.
"The gifts will be handed over to the Bangladesh Prime Minister's Office on Monday [today]," said Mohammad Ali, revenue officer of Akhaura Land Port Customs.
The pineapples were collected from Ampi village in Gomati district of Tripura, the best quality is grown in the state. Tripura grows an estimated bulk of 1.28 lakh MT pineapples every year across 8,800-hectare orchards in different districts.
On July 3, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sent 2,600 kilograms of sweet Haribhanga mangoes to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Narendra Modi and Mamata Banerjee have written letters to PM Hasina thanking her and expressing overwhelming satisfaction for the gifts.
PM Hasina also sent mangoes to the Indian chief ministers Biplab Kumar Deb of Tripura, Himanta Biswa Sarma of Assam, Zoramthanga of Mizoram and Conrad Sangma of Meghalaya.
Conrad Sangma told Indian news agency PTI he will send Meghalaya spices, turmeric and organic products in return.
Prime Minister Hasina also sent mangoes to the leaderships of Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain.