The continuing demand from inter-State purchasers has lifted pepper prices by ₹1 a kg in Kochi on Friday.

Kishore Shamji of Kishor Spices said the demand from Tamil Nadu is continuing and the supplies from Karnataka are in comprehensive swing, primarily with the availability of pepper in far more portions.

The marketplace appears to be regular and the prices are inching up on a each day basis, he said.

Today’s offtake was 22 tonnes, of which twenty tonnes arrived from Wayanad and the remaining from the plains of Kerala.

Ungarbled kinds realised ₹314 a kg, although MG1 garbled kinds stood at ₹334.

New pepper was quoted at ₹304.