BLF tea fetches highest prices in Arunachal Pradesh in Dec

KOLKATA, Jan 12: CTC teas produced by bought leaf factories (BLF) fetched the highest average price in an Arunachal Pradesh district at Rs 191 a kilo during December 2018, according to Tea Board data.
The Tea Board, however, did not disclose in which Arunachal Pradesh district the price was the 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.
The highest prices in Tamil Nadu and Kerala were lower 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 percent, which it felt would cause disruption in the market.
In 2017 (January-December) small growers and BLFs produced 631 mkgs – almost half of total production of 1,348 mkgs.
In November 2018, West Bengal’s production was lower at 35.99 mkgs as against 37.08 mkgs in the same period of the previous year.
Production during November also declined in south India and Assam. (PTI)