There was robust demand for quality tea and buyers were ready to pay premiums that helped prices rise while supplies were less than last week, a senior official of the National Brokers said.
However, a large volume of inferior grade tea was left unsold, the official added.
About 42 percent of the 2.58 million kg offered at the sole auction centre in Chittagong was unsold.
In the previous auction, about 39 percent of the 2.7 million kg on offer remained unsold.
Bangladesh’s tea production in 2016 is expected to have risen to a record 80 million kg from 66 million kg a year earlier, the Commerce Minister has said, output that may be big enough to make imports unnecessary.
From being a net exporter, Bangladesh is now a net importer of tea due to a rise in consumption.
Following are the results of the latest auction (figures in Bangladesh taka per kg):
Bold/Large Brokens 125-130
Medium Brokens 135-150
Small Brokens 150-165
Plain Brokens 70-90
Best Fannings 190-205
Good Fannings 175-180
Medium Fannings 135-145
Plain Fannings 80-90
Pekoe Dust not quoted
Red Dust 140-237
Churamoni Dust 170-265