Dr. B. R. Barwale, Chairman of Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Private Limited (Mahyco) is widely known as a visionary, prominent entrepreneur, philanthropist and educationist. With an agricultural family background, Dr. Barwale’s passion for contributing to this sector and to the country’s growth has largely defined his work over the years. He is widely regarded as the father of the Indian seed industry and has received several awards for his contribution to the agriculture industry, including the 12th World Food Prize by the World Food Prize Foundation in 1998 and Honorary Life Membership to Federation International Seedsmen (FIS), the international apex body for the seed industry.
Dr. Barwale was awarded the Padma Bhushan award in March 2001 in recognition of his distinguished service of high order in the field of Trade and Economic Activity. He has written two books during the course of his career: ‘My Journey with Seeds and the Development of the Indian Seed Industry’ and ‘Bhoomi Putra’.