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Sandeep Alse is like any other farmer in the medium-sized village of Lohara in Parbhani district of Maharashtra. He is one of the 779 people employed out of the total population of 1,240. He jointly oversees the cultivation on his 80-acre farm with his elder brother. The variety of crops that bloom across his fertile piece of land include guava, orange, sweet lime, tomato, cucumber, water melon and custard apple. He has no laments towards the rain Gods or the district administration. Everything seemed to follow the path of normalcy till the harvest season. “I would end up having to sell my produce right after harvesting often at a very low cost. I had no facility to store my produce post-harvest and sell it later so it could fetch me a higher price,” he recalls.