GUWAHATI: In a zestful declaration, Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora announced on Tuesday that the renowned “Kaji Nemu” has officially earned the prestigious title of the state fruit of Assam.
Amidst the buzz of the budget session at the Assam Legislative Assembly, Minister Bora broke the news, revealing that the citrus lemon, renowned for its unique aroma and flavour, has earned the prestigious title.
“Delighted to share that Assam’s Kaji Nemu (Citrus Limon), known for its unique aroma and flavor, has been declared as the ‘State Fruit’ by the Cabinet,” expressed Minister Bora, spreading the news through his official social media platform.
Echoing the jubilation, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma highlighted the significance of the decision, stating, “With its unique aroma & antioxidant properties, Assam lemon has enriched our local cuisines. With today’s announcement, it is set to shine on the global fruit map, boosting self-dependency & production.”
This declaration comes as a fruit-fulfilment of Assam’s agricultural aspirations, highlighting its unique culinary heritage on the world stage.
Not merely content with local acclaim, Assam recently marked a remarkable milestone with the export of 5,000 Assam Lemons (Kaji Nemu) to London on December 27, 2023.
The virtual flag-off ceremony, graced by Agriculture Minister Bora, signified a leap for Assam’s farming community venturing into international markets.
The Geographical Identification (GI) tagged Assam lemon, renowned for its distinctive characteristics born from its native soil, stands apart with its larger size and cluster-bearing habits, yielding seedless fruits with 9-12 segments.
This triumph follows a previous export feat between December 2020 and January 2021 when nearly 6 metric tons of this extraordinary lemon variety found its way to European markets.