Tea prices in Bangladesh rose at the weekly auction for the sixth time in a row on strong demand for quality leaf amid a lower volume on offer.
Bangladeshi tea fetched an average of 243.61 taka ($2.7) per kg at the new auction centre in Srimangal on Monday, compared with 242.52 taka at the previous sale in the port city of Chittagong.
There was robust demand from buyers in the new auction centre in the country's northeastern region where most of the tea gardens are located, an official at National Brokers said.
About 1.4 per cent of the 1.21 million kg offered in the auction was left unsold. At the previous auction, around 1.72 million kg was offered, of which 3 per cent went unsold.
Bangladesh's tea production dropped to nearly 79 million kg in 2017 from a record 85 million kg the previous year, which officials attributed to excessive rainfall.
The South Asian country was the world's fifth-largest tea exporter in the 1990s, but is now a net importer as the surge in domestic consumption is in line with economic growth.
Following are the results of the latest auction (figures in Bangladesh taka per kg):
Bold/Large Brokens not quoted
Medium Brokens 232-245
Small Brokens 235-245
Plain Brokens 200-215
Best Fannings 246-250
Good Fannings 242-245
Medium Fannings 232-242
Plain Fannings 200-215
Pekoe Dust 239-250
Red Dust 202-261
Churamoni Dust 232-296