Chandrapur: The congress president Rahul Gandhi visited the family of late Dadaji Khabrgade who died recently, at his residence in Nanded Chandrapur district today. He payed condolence to departed soul of the HMT inventor here.
Rahul was accompanied by Congress leader Ashok Gehlot and Khanna Ashok Chavan here.
The senior congress leader and the party deputy leader Vijay wedettiwar had informed earlier about the congress presidents meeting with the members of Khobragade.
On his visit to Nanded, Rahul also interacted with the local farmers and discussed about their problems.
Late Khobragade, a poor farmer from the region, developed several high yielding varieties of rice, including the HMT. However, he never got commercial dividends from it as state agencies, including the agriculture university, usurped the credit.
Despite his innovation, Khobragade lived a poor and mostly neglected life. He got some media attention when Forbes magazine named him among seven most powerful entrepreneurs of India in 2010.
He first shot to fame when he accused the state-run Punjabrao Krishi Vidyapeeth (PKV) for taking credit for the brand that he had originally bred on his farm and given to the university scientists.
The National Innovation Foundation (NIF) recognised his work in 2003-04 and the Maharashtra government gave him the Krishi Bhushan and Krishi Ratna awards for his innovations. One of his varieties called Chinnour is akin to the Basmati of the north. He named his latest variety after himself: DRK.