Submitted by Kumuda on Sat, 2017-01-14 12:24 Bengaluru: Makar Sankranti, the first festival in the calendar is here. The markets in the city are buzzing with fresh harvest especially avarekayi, sweet potato, sugar cane and groundnuts. Vendors at Gandhi Bazar, KR Market, Yashwanthpur, Jayanagar, Malleswaram and Dasarahalli are making a killing. But people were seen cribbing about the skyrocketing prices of almost all the essential products - Sesame seeds, sugar cane and avarekayi – essential for Sankranti. Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun to hearld a change in the season. And this is celebrated with sesame seeds mixed with jaggery, dry copra, groundnut and sweet dumplings. A pair of sugar cane was being sold at Rs 120. "This year the yeld has been less due to drought. Hence, the rise in price during Sankranti," said a vendor. Even Avarekayi was priced high. Nagamma who came all the way from Magadi to sell Avarekayi at Avarekayi mela said the yield wasn't satisfactory this year. The beans was being sold at Rs 180 per kg! But this is Sankranti and the festival cannot be complete with Sesame seeds mixed with copra, jaggery and groundnuts. The ready mix of all these were being sold at Rs 250-300 per kg. “One cannot help but buy them. After all, Sankranti comes once a year and it is the time to celebrate,” said Sushma of Vijayanagar.