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BLF tea fetches highest prices in Arunachal Pradesh in December

PTI Kolkata | Updated on January 12, 2019 Published on January 12, 2019

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Highest prices in Tamil Nadu and Kerala were lower as compared to north Indian BLFs

CTC teas produced by bought leaf factories (BLF) fetched the highest average price in a Arunachal Pradesh district at Rs 191 a kilogram (kg) during December 2018, according to Tea Board data.

Tea Board, however, did not disclose in which of the 16 Arunachal Pradesh districts the prices was highest.

Assam’s highest price was more than West Bengal at Rs 155.51 per kilo as against Rs 124 in the Darjeeling plains, the data showed.

Highest prices in Tamil Nadu and Kerala were lower as compared to north Indian BLFs, it said.

As per Indian Tea Association (ITA) estimates, the proportion of production by BLFs and small growers were in excess of 50 per cent which it felt would cause disruption in the market.

In 2017 (Jan-Dec) small growers and BLFs produced 631 million kg. This is almost half of total production of 1,348 million kg.

In November 2018, West Bengal’s production was lower at 35.99 million kg as against 37.08 million kg in the same period of the previous year.

Production during November also declined in south India and Assam.

Published on January 12, 2019
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