Mid Town Musings: June 2014
DR. B. R. BARWALE: Dedicated to uplifting rural India
Dr. B. R. Barwale was born in Hingoli, Maharashtra on Ganesh Chaturthi in 1931, a very significant day in the Hindu calendar.
As a young boy, he was involved in the freedom movement of India and therefore could not continue his college education. Today, he has built colleges and schools for the benefit of the community in his home town Jalna. Hailing from an agricultural family he got busy with the traditional family business. Influenced by institutions such as the Indian Agricultural Research Institute and Rockefeller Foundation, he established Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Co. Ltd. (Mahyco) in 1964 and thus became a doyen of the hybrid seed industry in our country.
Dr. Barwale received recognition from the Marathi Vidnyan Parishad in November 1973. In 1996, he received the prestigious award of Honorary Life Membership at FIS which is the international apex body of the seed industry.