Darjeeling tea fetches Rs. 1.1 lakh a kg

Makaibari tea estate in Kurseong area produces one lakh kg of tea and is one of the oldest tea estates in the district.

Makaibari Tea, an iconic Darjeeling tea brand, has created a record by booking orders at a record price of $1,850 per kg (Rs 1.11 lakh). The orders have come from tea importers in Japan, UK and US .

Makaibari tea estate in Kurseong area produces one lakh kg of tea and is one of the oldest tea estates in the district.

Its factory, set up in 1859, is the oldest tea manufacturing unit in the hills. Makaibari Tea was owned by the Banerjee family for four generations. Its present owner Rajah Banerjee sold 90 per cent of his stake in June to the city-based Luxmi Tea Company. The teas are organically produced.

A Tea Board statement said the development was a shot in the arms for the Indian tea industry as it came at a time when the industry is grappling with issues of value-addition and brand-building.

“We are very pleased to note that even after its change in ownership, the high standard of its quality and recognition has grown further. It is hoped that other prestigious tea companies of India will be encouraged by this example and pursue their own plans of value addition and brand building with renewed vigour,” the industry regulator said.

Luxmi Tea owns gardens in West Bengal and Dooars with an annual production of about 15 million kg.

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