India's Northeastern states of Tripura and Meghalaya have taken to food diplomacy showcasing their states' best products in response to a gift of mangoes that their chief ministers received from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh.
While Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, plans to gift the states Queen variety of pineapples, to Bangladesh's prime minister, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, said on Friday he would be sending Meghalaya spices, turmeric and organic products as his return gifts, PTI reports.
Sangma, who described the mangoes as 'very good', said while he took home 5 kgs of the choice delicacy from the neighbouring country, the rest was being distributed among his colleagues and senior officials.
Both Tripura and Meghalaya chief ministers received gifts of 300 kgs of mangoes from Sheikh Hasina delivered by her envoys. The Haribhanga variety of mangoes, generally grown in Rangpur district of Bangladesh, are well known for their aroma and sweetness and command a high price in international markets.
Tripura will return the favour with a gift of pineapples, whose consignment will weigh a little more than double the weight of packets of the famous 'Haribhanga' mangoes which Sheikh Hasina sent on Saturday.
Deb plans to send 'some 100 packets of queen pineapples weighing 650 kgs would be sent to the Indian High Commission in Dhaka to be handed over to Bangladesh Prime Minister', an official in the Chief Ministers office said.
The pineapples which are being gifted were collected from Ampi block in Gomati district, famous for growing the state fruit, officials said.
Meghalaya produces the Lakadong variety of turmeric, which is reputed to have the highest Curcumin content among turmeric varieties, As the name suggests it grown in Lakadong area of West Jaintia Hills district.
The state also produces a rich variety of highland tea and is famous for producing organic tea and other spices which also include honey which is being produced across the state.
Besides having a common border with Bangladesh, both states have played a role in Bangladeshs liberation war in 1971.