Two bought leaf tea factories triumphed at Sale No 36 of the Coonoor Tea Trade Association (CTTA) auctions.

“The broken pekoe grade of ‘Lakshmi Estate’ topped the CTTA auctions when Santhosh Tea Industries Ltd bought it for ₹350 a kg”, Ravichandran Broos, General Manager, Paramount Tea Marketing Pvt Ltd, who auctioned this variety, told BusinessLine.

“More importantly, this has set a record, being the highest price in all the South Indian auctions this week across all categories and grades,” he observed.

“By virtue of this, we have broken our own earlier record of ₹327 a kg, set up last week,” said H Kannan, Managing Partner of Bengal View (N) Estate Tea Factory, which owns the ‘Lakshmi Estate’ mark.

“This is a new record as it is the highest price fetched by any of our teas since manufacturing started in our factory in 1965,” Kannan claimed.

“The Coonoor-based Homedale Tea

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the college and administration buildings of Jhansi-based Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University, a prominent institute in the Bundelkhand region.

After the inauguration, the Prime Minister interacted with university students and asked about ways to address certain challenges like reducing import of edible oils and increasing food processing, especially in fruits and vegetables. Modi asked a student whether awareness among farmers can be created about micro, drip and sprinkler irrigation in the drought-prone Bundelkhand region.

During the interaction, the Prime Minister stressed on promoting recycling of water and rainwater harvesting through innovative and less costlier technology in the region.

Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University started its first academic session in 2014-15 and is offering both under-graduate and post-graduate courses in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. It is currently operating from the Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi as the main buildings were

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