In the Islamic equivalent of a royal visit, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, and his entourage, toured the 65-hectare Tropical Fruit World plantation at Duranbah last week.
Mirza Masroor Ahmad is the global head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community and, among his tens of millions of followers in more than 200 countries, is held in the same esteem that Catholics hold the pope.
Initially trained as an agricultural economist, the caliph was particularly interested in the research aspects of Tropical Fruit World’s vast collection of fruit varieties.
His Tweed Valley sojourn was part of a visit to southeast Queensland for the inauguration of the newly built Baitul Masroor Mosque in Brisbane.
Tropical Fruit World manager Aymon Gow told Echonetdaily that members of the mosque’s southeast Queensland community had suggested their leader’s visit to the Tweed Valley plantation.
‘It was an amazing experience for them to share and the visit was a huge event for the locals,’ Mr Gow said.