A mixed trend persisted for almost all varieties of tea at the Kochi tea auction last week. In the dust category, the quantity on offer in CTC grade was 11,46,500 kg.

The market was irregular and lower by Rs 1 to Rs 3 and sometimes more. However, clean black well made grainer varieties remained steady to firm and sometimes appreciated in value following export enquiry.

Similarly few select powdery grades followed a similar trend. Medium and plainer varieties were irregular and sometimes lower following quality.

The quantity on offer in the orthodox grade was 7,500 kg and primary grades remained steady. Others tended to ease. Bulk of the offerings was absorbed by exporter and upcountry buyers.

In the best CTC dusts, PD varieties quoted at Rs 91/101, RD grades stood at Rs 95/104, SRD fetched Rs 96/106 and SFD at Rs 99/112.

Leaf sale

The leaf sale witnessed a good demand and the quantity on offer in the orthodox grade was 175,500 kg. The market for Nilgiri bolder brokens, smaller brokens was fully firm to dearer.

Corresponding whole leaf and fannings were barely steady to tending lower. Select best medium tippy grades remained steady.

Others were irregular and lower by Rs 5 to Rs 10 and sometimes more. Medium secondary grades were also irregular and lower and witnessed some withdrawals.

The quantity on offer in the CTC leaf grade was 108,000 kg and the demand was better. The market for well made teas with useful liquor was dearer by Rs 3 to Rs 5. Others sold around last levels or sometimes tended to ease.

Dust varieties

In the dust category, both Pasurparai SFD and Kallyar SFD quoted the best prices of Rs 125 each followed by Pasuparai FD at Rs 120. In the leaf grades, Chamraj Green Tea FOP (S) fetched the best prices of Rs 301 followed by Chamraj FOP at Rs 278.

(This article was published on November 12, 2012)
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