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President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday planted a Baobab sapling, which has a life span of over 2,000 years, in the gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
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The sapling was gifted by the University of Madagascar as a gesture of goodwill in return for a Neem tree the President planted at the University campus in Antananarivo during his visit to Madagascar in March, an official statement said.
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The Baobab tree is high in medicinal and nutritional properties, quite like the Neem tree.
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The exchange of these plants spotlights the value both India and Madagascar attach to traditional knowledge and medicine in their respective cultures, the statement said.