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West Bengal: First consignment of 12 ton Bangladeshi Hilsa arrives in Bengal September 16,2020   |  Source: UNI India

Much to the gastronomic delight of the Bengalis of this part, first consignment of 12 ton Bangladeshi Hilsa arrives the state. Thee trucks carrying 12 ton of Bangladeshi Hilsa out of 1,450 ton promised by the neighbouring country arrived in Bengal late on Monday evening through the Petrapole border here in North 24-Parganas district. The Sheikh Hasina Government had last week announced that it would export 1,450 ton of hilsa to India as a Puja goodwill gesture.

The remaining will arrive through the Petrapole border, around 71km from Kolkata, in phases by October 10, officials and agents said Sources in Petrapole said the unloading of Hilsa from the Bangladeshi trucks began Monday morning. Packed in theromocol boxes with ice, the fish was then loaded onto Indian trucks. For the first time since 2012, when Bangladesh had banned the export of Hilsa fish to India, the government of the neighbouring country has given special permission for the export of the much-loved delicacy to India.

The export wing under the Bangladeshi commerce ministry on Thursday last approved nine private agencies in the country to export around 1,450 MT of Hilsa to India. The first consignment of 12 tonnes, the largest consignment in recent times, headed for Kolkata soon after its arrival. “More such

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