Byadgi’s red hot chillies

Byadgi chillies are primarily sold at the Byadgi chilli market. This market attracts traders from all over the state because of favourable conditions for business.  It is named after the town of Byadgi which is located in the Haveri district of the state. The business involving Byadgi chillies has the second largest turnover among all chilli varieties of India.

How’s this for innovation?
Farmers of Gulbarga district have come up with a new contraption to keep away wild animals and birds from raiding their fields.

The method is simple, and innovative, hardly costing a penny. It requires a small tin box and a few sticks. They first install a Y-shaped pole into the field, and then hang a tin box attached to another stick at the groove of the Y-shaped pole.

The tin box creates a sound whenever wind blows, and this keeps the animals away.
Farmers have known to use many techniques such as bursting fireworks, and beating drums all night, but these methods have often not worked in the past.

Now, though, a lot of farmers in Gulbarga have taken to this simple method, and one can spot these boxes on several fields in the region.