Dadaji Khobragade-A Lifetime in Rice

In a life that epitomised the struggles of the small Indian farmer, Dadaji Khobragade, the prolific rice breeder and farmer, strove against all odds to practise and uphold the core of traditional farming.

A small Dalit farmer from Nanded village in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, Dadaji Khobragade, 79, passed away on 3 June 2018; he had been ill following a paralytic stroke. Not many would have heard of this prolific rice breeder and farmer, although he made it to the Forbes list of the top seven rural entrepreneurs in India in 2010. The rice he developed, carefully selected and bred, known by the name HMT, is a saga all of its own.