From Bhupen Goswami
GUWAHATI : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sent 2000 kg of globally acclaimed Haribanga varieties of mangoes to all north eastern states including Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura. Earlier, the Bangladesh Prime Minister had sent similar mangoes to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Not only is he the king of common fruits, but politics, which is the platform for bitter tensions and sharp controversies, does not escape it. Perhaps that is why West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sent mangoes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given the same gift to both Banerjee and Modi. Sheikh Hasina had sent 2,600 kg of mangoes to the two leaders on Sunday last.
Overwhelmed by the gift of globally acclaimed Haribanga variety of mangoes from Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has announced to send him the queen variety of world famous pineapples to strengthen bilateral ties. In Agartala, Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner Mohammad Jobaid Hosen presented a consignment of 300 kg mango to the Chief Minister at the Secretariat. Hasina has sent a similar consignment to the Chief Ministers of Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Meghalaya and Mizoram. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh is a loving personality for me and receiving such a consignment of such a lovely gift of world famous mangoes is a blessing that reflects the spirit of Bangladesh about the people of Tripura, Dev said.
We have a historic relationship with Bangladesh and it has been further boosted after the Modiji-led government came to power. Pineapple, lemon and jackfruit from Tripura have already earned global tags in three years. Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Pranjit Singharai said that the demand for horticulture items is increasing mainly in the UK and West Asian countries, which has increased the price of produce in the local market and encouraged farmers to grow commercially. However, the mango of Haribhanga Variety has changed the economy of Rangpur. More than 30,000 people are associated with it. The harvesting of this fiberless mango begins at the end of June. At the beginning of the season, the price goes up from 60 to 80 tK per kg, which reaches 300-500 tk per kg by the end of July. They are traded annually for several hundred crore taka. However, the corona virus epidemic has also adversely affected trade.