Quality issues hit pepper prices in Kochi

Quality issues due to higher moisture content following the climate change has hit pepper prices in Kochi, which was down by 1 per kg on Tuesday. Prices of ungarbled varieties stood at 303 on an offtake of 27 tonnes.

Kishore Shamji of Kishor Spices said that pepper being hydroscopic, moisture content would go up that would have an impact on prices. Considering the festival season ahead, end-users are in a buying mode, but procuring cautiously since prices are dropping in a small way each day.

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