Bangladesh tea prices dip

Reuters . Dhaka | Update:

Tea trees. File PhotoTea prices fell sharply at Bangladesh’s weekly auction on Tuesday, dragged down by inferior quality leaf, despite a lower volume on offer.

Bangladeshi tea fetched an average price of Tk 188.44 ($2.80) per kg at the auction, compared with a revised price of Tk 200.01 in the previous sale, National Brokers said.

Prices dropped sharply as buyers sought big discounts for poor-quality tea, of which there was a large supply, despite a drop in overall supplies, a senior official at National Brokers said.

About 25.5 per cent of the 2.27 million kg offered at the sole auction centre in Chittagong was unsold, compared with 38 per cent unsold of the 2.7 million kg offered at the previous auction.

Bangladesh’s tea production jumped nearly 27 per cent in 2016 to a record 85 million kg, helped by favourable weather, making imports a choice rather than a necessity.            

The South Asian country was the world’s fifth-largest tea exporter in the 1990s but is now a net importer because of a surge in domestic consumption in line with economic growth.

Following are the results of the latest auction (figures in Bangladesh taka per kg):

Brokens

Bold/Large Brokens                   not quoted

Medium Brokens                       170-180

Small Brokens                        175-190

Plain Brokens                        145-165   

Fannings

Best Fannings                        210-215

Good Fannings                        190-200

Medium Fannings                      180-185

Plain Fannings                       155-175

Dust

Pekoe Dust                           not quoted

Red Dust                             172-240

Dust                                 125-256

Churamoni Dust                       164-250

   
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