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Rahul meets rice innovator's kin, apologises for nation's 'apathy' to his achievements

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 


met the kin of late Dadaji Khobragade, the rural inventor who revolutionised rice farming in Maharashtra's district, and apologised for the nation's "apathy" towards his achievements.

Khobragade had invented the revolutionary HMT variety of paddy, but died "largely forgotten and in penury", noted.

The 78-year-old rice innovator, a native of village in in Vidarbha region, died earlier this month after a in district.

"Dadaji Khobragade, a Dalit farmer-scientist, invented the revolutionary HMT variety of paddy. But, he died largely forgotten and in penury. I visited his home in Nanded, Maharashtra, to condole with his family and to apologise for our apathy as a nation, to his achievements," said on

Ashok Gehlot, its and of Opposition in the state Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil accompanied Gandhi during the visit.

"Rahulji enquired about the various rice varieties he has developed. Rahulji was also keen to know how did their father (Khobragade) become so successful in developing so many varieties of paddy," Chavan told

The issue of patenting the rice varieties was also discussed at the meeting with his family members, he said.

"developed 11 varieties of rice. However, none of them have been patented. The has decided to follow up this issue with the and the Centre," Chavan said.

Gandhi had a 20-minute meeting with Khobragade's family members in which no other Congress was allowed, he said.

Later, the Congress also held a 'chaupal', an interactive session with locals, at village, and attacked the BJP and the central government on a range of issues.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 16:00 IST