Price of beans crosses ₹200-mark in Bengaluru

Production and supply to markets has reduced by 60%

Updated - April 25, 2024 11:35 am IST

Published - April 24, 2024 04:50 pm IST - Bengaluru

Beans crop perished due to lack of water at Yannur, near Sidlaghatta in Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka.

Beans crop perished due to lack of water at Yannur, near Sidlaghatta in Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka. | Photo Credit: BHAGYA PRAKASH K

It is now the turn of beans to burn a hole in the pockets of consumers. The vegetable is being sold for anything between ₹180 and ₹220 a kg in retail and online markets in Bengaluru. The supply to markets has taken a hit as heat has destroyed the beans crop in Kolar district and other vegetable growing regions around Bengaluru. 

While beans get expensive every summer, this is one of the highest it has ever touched, according to traders. In wholesale markets, the selling price is around ₹120 to ₹130 a kg.

“The supply to the market has reduced by almost 70% this year. In the last 10 days, the price went from ₹80 a kg to ₹120,” said Manjunath Reddy, a vegetable trader in K.R. Market.

“We get good quality beans in the market only when the temperature is hovering around 30° Celsius. Otherwise, the quality deteriorates.” He added that the price might go up by another ₹10 to ₹20 in the next month as supply will not pick up until a good spell of rain. 

Farmers reported that the yield has reduced to a mere 30-40%.

“While the yield on one acre is usually around 1,500 kg, now farmers are struggling to get even 500 kg,” said Nalini Gowda, president, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Kolar district. 

“The temperature is very high, and flowers are dropping from the plant. The climber develops well only when there is cooler air and cooler water. But due to heat and power problems, we are not able to provide plants with cool water, and stored water usually heats up very quickly.” 

She said that rain is the only solution to improve the yield, and thereby lead to a reduction in price of beans.

Apart from beans, the price of other vegetables also continues to be high in the city. At Hopcoms, brinjal is being sold at ₹42 to ₹66 a kg, lady’s finger at ₹58, carrot at ₹46, and cabbage at ₹42 a kg.

Price of toor dal also goes up

Along with vegetables, the price of toor dal has also been going up consistently since December in the city. It is currently selling at ₹150 to ₹170 a kg in wholesale while the price has breached the ₹200 a kg mark in retail outlets.

“In Karnataka, the crop is down by 50% this time due to drought. The remaining stock is coming in from other States and hence the price has been going up. Now with the festive season, it reached one of its highest prices and it is expected to climb to the range of ₹160 - ₹180 a kg in the upcoming weeks,” said Ramesh Chandra Lahoti, president of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

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