A fresh shipment of Burmese grapes, commonly known as ‘leteku’ in Assamese, was exported from Guwahati to Dubai by air on Saturday by the Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). This is the first-ever instance of Burmese grapes being exported from the state to the middle-east.
The shipment of leteku was sourced and underwent packing at a collection centre in lower Assam’s Darrang district.
The export signifies APEDA’s ongoing promotional activities to expedite exports of agricultural and processed food products from the northeastern states of India.
“The fruit makes a very pretty sight hanging in bunches all along the bark and the branches like tree ornaments. It is rich in vitamin C and iron. It is available in the northeast but we knew little that it could be exported,” APEDA chairman M Angamuthu told a national daily.
The agency is expecting a positive response from the market for leteku given its overall health benefits.