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Kendu Leaves

CHARACTERISTIC OF KENDU LEAVES OF DIFFERENT GRADE (PROCESSED KENDU LEAVES)

Grade Colour Texture Size and body condition Remarks
I Green,lusturousShinning greenish,grey Thin 22 cms.up in length and 8 cms.up in width, free frompubeent,mould dirt,crack,pliable midrib and veins not prominent, leaf bladesnot wavy. Should not include immature leaves.The bundle may contain upto 20% of II grade leaves.
II Same as I grade Thin 18 cms.up in length and 8 cms.up in width.Rest all like I grade. Should not include immature leaves.The bundle may contain upto 10% of III grade leaves.
III Greenish to Greenish yellow, greenish gray Thin Leaves above 15 cms.Length may be little pubescent with slightly prominent veins free from mould, dirt & other defects.Leaf blade may be slightly wavy which will not effect production of Bidi Bundle may contain upto 10% of quality IV- S.
IV - S Same as Quality - III Thin to medium 15 cms.up in length pubcent may contain mould cracks upto 10% of leaf area.Prominent midrib and veins leaf blade may be wavy. Bundles may contain upto 10% grade IV -M leaves.
IV - M Same as quality- III Thin to medium 12 cms.up in length. Others same as IV - S. Bundle may contain upto 10% of quality IV and contain slightly immature leaves.
IV Mixed Color leaves fit for manufacture of Bidi. Thick Mixed Sized and shape,hairy , valvity with prominent veins, uneven, surface, mould or blemishes or holes together not exceeding 20% of the leaf area. May contain upto 10% below specification leaves fit for making one Bidi will be accepted.

Their may be further two grades as under.

M - 1 Mixture of leaves of I & II grades in the proportion of 1 : 1.

M - III mixture of leaves of III & IV- S grades in the proportion of 1 : 1.

Their shall be no gradings in respect of Phal leaves.

NB - Leaf length is to be calculated from the starting of leaf area and not from petiole.