Sad Demise – Father of the Indian Seed Industry- Dr. B. R. Barwale


Badrinarayan Ramulal Barwale, a philathropist and father of the seed industry, breathed his last in Mumbai on 24th July 2017.

B R Barwale, who was 86, founded India’s first private seed company, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Pvt Ltd (Mahyco), in 1964. Born in Hingoli (Maharashtra), Dr Barwale went on to become one of the iconic figures in the agriculture sector and is known for his contribution to seed sector and food security. He is widely regarded as father of the Indian seed industry due to his efforts to develop a strong seed pipeline in India.

As a recognition for his “superior accomplishments in developing the role of private seeds enterprise in India, Dr Barwale was aptly felicitated with 12th World Food Prize in 1998. The President of India awarded him with Padma Bhushan Award in 2001 for his distinguished service of high order in the field of Trade and Economic Activity. More recently, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated him during the 1st International Agro-biodiversity Congress 2016, at Vigyan Bhawan, in New Delhi, in recognition of his immense contribution to Indian agriculture.

In a social media share, Mahyco mentioned, “Grieved to share about the sad demise of Dr B R Barwale. He devoted his life for the upliftment of Indian farmers and the best way we can honour him and his life – is to continue to take his legacy forward.”

May His Soul Rest in Peace!




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