How 'beans' became lucky charm for tribal colony inmates of Munnar
Munnar: It is time for harvest at the beans farm in Kundala Sandoz Colony here. The inmates of the colony who belongs to Muthuvan tribal community are cultivating beans as a livelihood. The 72 families in Sandoz colony are growing beans in the land given by the government.
The beans varieties like Arakkodi beans, Muringa beans, Pattani beans and butter beans are now ready for harvest. Arakkodi and Muringa beans varieties fetch a price of Rs 40 per kg while Pattani beans gets Rs 60 and butter beans Rs 70-120.
The major income for the colony inmates are the profit from farming and daily wage works. They could not cultivate crops last year due to heavy rain and the damages followed. However, the climate was favourable this year and attack of wild animals also occurred rarely. This gave a boost in the yield.
The vegetables cultivated here are bought by the merchants from Madurai and Ernakulam markets. As the colony inmates grow vegetables in a completely organic method, the produce are in huge demand in the markets.