Agartala: The Durga puja has brought relief for the people of Tripura, as the government of Bangladesh has lifted the ban on exporting 'Hilsa' to the state.
On Thursday Tripura has exported a total of 2,000 kilos of 'Hilsha' fish through Agartala Integrated Check Post (ICP).
Sources said that almost after 10 years of the gap the government of Bangladesh has lifted the ban.
Understanding the market demand, there are plans to import hilsa fish in large quantities from October 04 next. There is no denying that the government of Bangladesh gifted Tripura during the Durga Puja festival by lifting the ban on 'Hilsha' exports.
The Customs Superintendent of Agartala Integrated Check Post, Joydeep Mukherjee said, "2000 kg of 'Hilsha' fish has arrived from Bangladesh on Thursday. The traders have imported the fish experimentally.
He informed that the Bangladesh government has sent a health certificate of the fish which was approved in Calcutta and humans can consume it.
Earlier the hilsa fish used to export in Tripura from Kolkata due to the ban imposed by the Bangladesh government.
As a gesture of goodwill, the Bangladesh government has approved the export of 1,450 tonnes of hilsa fish to India on the occasion of Durga Puja. Bangladeshi hilsa is considered as a delicacy in India's West Bengal, and people are willing to pay high prices for it. 'Padmar ilish' (hilsa from river Padma in Bangladesh) is believed to be of superior quality in taste. The Ministry of Commerce has given permission to nine local companies to export the hilsa.
"Nearly 200 exporters sought permission to export the fish. The government has given special permission to only nine exporters to export 1,450 tonnes of hilsa next week," said Syed Anwar Maqsood, Secretary of Fish Importers' Association, on Sunday evening.