Organic fruits and vegetables sold like hot cakes at the organic market at the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens here on Sunday, in what was billed as the biggest market held in the State so far.
Around 10,000 enthusiastic people attended the market.
The ‘hill vegetables' from Ooty disappeared from the shelves within a few hours while organic sapota, banana, papaya and guava were among the fruits that were in high demand. Curious buyers thronged the organic processed food stalls.
The market was organised by Jaivik Krishik Society, as part of the Kisan Swaraj Yatra, which arrived in Bangalore on Sunday.
Quantities of capsicum, cabbage and cauliflower, organic vegetables that are difficult to procure, may have been less but that did not stop people from buying them. Other vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, onions, baby corn, radish and okra were also in high demand. “The market received an overwhelming response from the public. We expect to sell about 10 tonnes of organic produce and report a turnover of about Rs. 10 lakh,” Additional Director of Horticulture M. Ramakrishnappa told The Hindu. “The problem of supplying organic vegetables is with its sourcing. Farmers are still in the process of adopting organic techniques to cultivate vegetables such as capsicum, cabbage and cauliflower,” he said.
Mushrooms, cereals, biscuits, honey, baby oil, fruit juice, jaggery, flour, malts, rock salt, about 20 varieties of rice , pulses and seeds were also up for grabs. However, a few customers felt that the organic produce was overpriced.
“I felt that the products, especially pulses and spices, were slightly overpriced. I know it is difficult to practise organic cultivation, but prices should also be realistic,” B.R. Lakshmikanth, an employee of BHEL, said.