The Bihar Post

Indian President, Prime Minister to taste luscious litchis of Muzaffarpur soon


PATNA: Indian president Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will very soon be tasting the luscious litchis of Bihar’s famous Muzaffarpur—famed for their sweetness, aroma and smallest of kernels across varieties in the world.

Authorities in Bihar have begun making preparations to pack the world-famous Shahi or royal litchis of Muzaffarpur and deliver it to the dignitaries very soon.

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Reports said the litchis were plucked from the garden of a farmer Shiv Sagar Singh after being formally tested by a team of scientists, such as National Litchi Research Centre’s senior scientist Amarendra Kumar, district agriculture officer Sudhir Kumar and district horticulture officer Radheshyam.

The plucked litchis will be sent to the President, PM and other dignitaries in New Delhi by a freezer van after being packed. Some 2,000 packets are being prepared.

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The packing is being done at Radha-Krishna Intex Private Limited Processing Plant in Muzaffarpur, officials said.

The local Muzaffarpur district magistrate Dharmendra Singh himself is keeping a close watch on these arrangements.

Last year, the authorities had missed to send the Shahi litchis to the dignitaries owing to widespread infestation of worms in the crops.

The quality of litchis also suffered due to hailstorms and unseasonal rains.

Image caption: Shahi litchis of  Bihar’s Muzaffarpur town

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