Issue Date: Jun 30, 2008
In one season, land prices in Dhangharwadi shot up from Rs 6,000-10,000 per acre (0.4 hectare) to Rs 1 lakh per acre. But people in this little village in Maharashtra's Yavatamal district are not thinking of selling their land. For good reason. Seventy hectares (ha) of agricultural land in this village, that barely produced enough grain for three months, has this year yielded profits worth Rs 21 lakh--after supplying Dhangharwadi's granaries with sufficient grain, pulses and onions for a year.