The award is for his outstanding contribution towards the development of the agriculture sector in India
Padma Bhushan recipient, agriculture visionary and philanthropist, Dr. B.R. Barwale, Founder-Chairman, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Private Limited (Mahyco), has been honoured with the Maharashtra Corporate Excellence (Maxell) Lifetime Achievement Award 2016, for his outstanding contribution towards the development of the agriculture sector in the country.
The Awards, now in its 5th edition, are conferred by the Maxell Foundation, a non-profit making registered charitable trust, conceived as ‘a movement committed to recognize and reward the architects of change, those who dared to dream big and look beyond the horizon’. Every year, eminent members of the business community and entrepreneurs from the state of Maharashtra are recognised by the Maxell Foundation, under various categories. Dr. Barwale was presented with the Award by distinguished industrialist and Chairman of the Bajaj Group of Companies, Mr. Rahul Bajaj at an event organized at Nehru Centre Auditorium in Worli, Mumbai. The function was attended by eminent personalities from Maharashtra including scientist Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, noted journalist Kumar Ketkar and other renowned industrialists.
Speaking on the occasion, the octogenarian Dr. B.R. Barwale said, “At the outset, I would like to thank Maxell Foundation for this encouraging recognition of “Lifetime Achievement Award”. I accept this award on behalf of millions of Indian farmers who have made this country self-sufficient in cereal crops with their hard work. I would also like to thank on this occasion my colleagues at Mahyco, and my family, who have helped realise my vision of application of science for solutions to farming challenges, through seeds. On this occasion, I must acknowledge the support and sacrifice of my wife Mrs. Gomati Devi, particularly in the early years of building my dream. Raju Barwale, my son and Usha, my daughter, have also worked hard with me in making Mahyco a pioneer in Indian Seed Industry.”
Dr. B. R. Barwale is one of the early stage agri-entrepreneurs post-Independence whose efforts not only led to the development of the seed sector in the state of Maharashtra but also across the country.