S Africa gifts 1 ton oranges to `7-billionth` baby

The UN has not formally designated a seven-billionth inhabitant and many different countries have marked the event.

Last Updated: Nov 04, 2011, 13:14 PM IST

Kaliningrad: South Africa`s Citrus Growers` Association has granted a gift certificate of a ton oranges to the mother of newborn Pyotr Nikolayev from Kaliningrad, who is being recognised as the seven-billionth person.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Russia`s Federal Service for State Statistics decided that seven-billionth person honours would go to the first baby born on October 31, 2011, since it would be impossible to determine the actual baby who put the planet`s population over seven billion.

The association`s representative in Russia, Irina Merkel, arrived at Kaliningrad`s maternity centre and handed Pyotr`s mother, 36-year-old Yelena Nikolayeva, the certificate, along with flowers and a token baskets of oranges.

"We are granting Petya`s [Pyotr`s] parents a certificate for seventy 15-kg boxes of oranges, they can get them in any of our chain`s stores in the Kaliningrad. We have not set a deadline, so Pyotr`s parents can get the oranges whenever they want," Merkel said.

The newborn Pyotr is the family`s third child, as his parents already have a son and a daughter.

Earlier, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited the Kaliningrad maternity centre where Pyotr was born.

The UN has not formally designated a seven-billionth inhabitant and many different countries have marked the event.

In the Russian cities of St Petersburg, Kaliningrad and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatksky, UN representatives handed out certificates to the parents of newborns who are "seven-billionth" candidates.

IANS