Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today
met the kin of late Dadaji Khobragade, the rural inventor who revolutionised rice farming in Maharashtra's Chandrapur 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", Gandhi noted.
"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," Gandhi said on Twitter.
"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 PTI.
The issue of patenting the rice varieties was also discussed at the meeting with his family members, he said.
Gandhi had a 20-minute meeting with Khobragade's family members in which no other Congress leader was allowed, he said.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)