As many as 88 tea buyers registered in six auction centres across the country participated in the Golden Leaf India Awards special tea auction held on Monday.

According to a release from the United Planters' Association of Southern India (UPASI), the awards are an initiative of the Tea Board and the UPASI. The eighth edition of the competition had 122 entries and 21 of these won prizes at the final evaluation held in Dubai.

In an effort to bring a commercial element to the contest, the special tea auction was planned. Tea buyers registered in the six auction centres - Coimbatore, Coonoor, Kochi, Guwahati, Kolkata and Siliguri – placed bids for the teas. There were 165 lots with a total volume of 50,265 kg. This included 119 lots of leaf grades (32,636 kg) and 46 lots of dust grade (17,629 kg). Of these, 114 of the leaf grade (30,989 kg) and 45 lots of dust grade were sold. C. Shreedharan, convenor of the organising committee for the awards, said in the release that the average price realised for the leaf grades was Rs. 155.57 a kg and Rs. 156.28 a kg for the dust grade. A 12-member Pakistan tea delegation, which was here on a three-day visit from Friday, witnessed the auction that was held on the Tea Board's e-auction platform.

  • The eighth edition of the competition had 122 entries

  • Pakistan tea delegation witnessed the auction