This week at Sale Number 10 at Kolkata tea auction centre, orthodox varieties including Darjeeling were conspicuous by absence.

No sale of orthodox and Darjeeling was reported due to their non-availability.

Only CTC variety was on offer and its average price at Rs 137.16 was lower than last week’s Rs 141.72 a kg, according to J. Thomas & Company Pvt Ltd, the tea auctioneers.

An estimated 87.48 per cent (97.58 per cent) of volumes were sold. The offerings (packages) of CTC/dust at Kolkata were 41,885 compared to 85,906 in the corresponding sale of last year.

The corresponding figures for two other centres, handling only CTC/dust, were: 25,481 (44,631) and Siliguri 10,981 (no sale).

Thus the total offerings at three North Indian auction centres taken together were 78,347 (1,38,769).

Selected Assams maintaining quality met with good enquiry and sold at firm to dearer rates.

Teas showing decline in quality eased in value. Plainer sorts sold around last levels.

Selected good Dooars maintaining quality sold at around last levels while the remainder was irregularly easier.

There was good support from Hindustan Unilever. Tata Global was quiet. Western India dealers operated on the liquoring sorts.

There were fair enquiries from North India and local sections.

Exporters operated on the bolder brokens.

santanu.sanyal@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on March 8, 2013)
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