The orthodox tea produced by Duflating Tea Estate located in Jorhat district of Assam was sold at Kolkata auction on Wednesday at the record price of Rs. 6,999 a kg, the highest so far for any Assam tea.
J. Thomas & Company Private Ltd were the auctioneers. “Never before did the auction price of Assam tea exceed Rs 4,000 a kg,” said a spokesman for J. Thomas & Company.
A total of 90 kg (Invoice 24 FTGFOP Clonal Special) of Duflating orthodox were sold to Agri Import & Export Ltd. The consignment will be airlifted to Japan for a boutique customer, according to Mr Aditya Chokhany, Director, Agri Import & Export.
Mr C.K. Pasari, the owner of Duflating, said that the tea sold today belonged to selected clonal sections carefully hand plucked on short plucking rounds and segregated, manufactured and packed separately for producing exclusive quality for offerings in the auction.
In last two years also, the produce of Duflating was sold at a record price of Rs 5,300 and Rs 5,700 a kg, but only through private sales. “This year we decided to sell the entire produce through auction, which gives the buyers an opportunity to appreciate the quality offered,” Mr Pasari observed.