Agri Business

Offerings up a tad at N. Indian tea auctions

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on December 23, 2011 Published on December 23, 2011


This week, at sale no. 51, the total offerings (packages) at the three North Indian tea auction centres at Kolkata, Guwahati and Siliguri were 4,78,224 as compared to 4,66,018 in the corresponding sale of last year, according to J Thomas & Company Pvt Ltd, the tea auctioneers.

The offerings at Kolkata were 1,98,611 (1,76,424) comprising 1,59,963 (1,41,485) of CTC/Dust, 32,649 (29,815) of Orthodox and 5,999 (5,124) of Darjeeling.

The corresponding figures for Guwahati were 1,72,297 (1,71,885) and for Siliguri 1,07,336 (1,17,709).

Assam CTC teas, maintaining quality, were around last levels and appreciated. Remaining Assam teas were irregularly lower following the decline in quality. Few well-made Dooars sold readily, at firm to dearer rates, while the remainder tended irregularly easier. Tata Global and Hindustan Unilever were active. Western India dealers were active for the liquoring sorts. There was fair enquiry from North India and local sections. Exporters operated on the bolder brokens and fannings.

Selected cleaner Orthodox offerings sold around last levels while the remainder were irregularly lower following quality. There was good support from North India buyers on the bolder whole leaf. Hindustan Unilever operated selectively for the fannings. Liquoring brokens saw interest from exporters.

Darjeeling whole leaf grades maintaining quality sold at firm to dearer rates while the remainder were irregularly lower. Brokens were irregular with select varieties meeting with useful competition. Fannings eased in value. Tata Global was the mainstay for leaf varieties. Hindustan Unilever was selective. Other exporters lent useful support. Local dealers operated for brokens and fannings.

Published on December 23, 2011
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