Padma Bhushan Dr. Badrinarayan Barwale, Chairman, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Limited (Mahyco) was honoured by eminent nuclear scientist and Padma Vibhushan Hon. Dr. Anil Kakodkar for his immense contribution towards the development of Marathwada region and agriculture sector in the last 50 years. The event was organized by the Chamber of Marathwada Industries & Agriculture (CMIA) in Aurangabad.
Dr. B. R. Barwale, widely acknowledged as the ‘father of the Indian seed industry’ was bestowed with this award in recognition of his contribution to the growth of the Marathwada region and path breaking innovations in the agriculture sector over the past 50 years that transformed the lives of millions of farmers by increasing the productivity of their farmlands. Mahyco from the very beginning has strived to contribute to the growth of its home region. It has a state-of-the-art R&D facility based in Jalna. The company has also set up a school, college and leading eye hospital to cater to the needs of this region. On receiving this award Dr. B R Barwale said, ‘I am privileged to receive this prestigious award from Dr. Kakodkar. This region has always been very close to my heart and we will continue our efforts in its development.
Our focus will always be to develop and provide better quality seeds to our farmers and thereby improve their livelihood.’ Honoring Dr. Barwale, Dr. Anil Kakodkar said, ‘It is my pleasure to honor Dr. BR Barwale for his immense contribution towards the growth of the agriculture sector, not just in Marathwada but in the entire country. Dr. Barwale’s dedication towards agriculture research and empowering farmers with quality hybrid seeds are commendable, which has led to agrarian revolution in the country.’ Shri. Milind Kank, President, Chamber of Marathwada Industries & Agriculture (CMIA) said that, ‘CMIA is working for the growth of business and industries in the Marathwada region and recognizes efforts of organizations and individuals in building the region as one of the key industrial hubs of the state. Mahyco, under the leadership of Dr. BR Barwale, is one of the leading companies in Marathwada which has contributed immensely for the growth of this region.’ Mahyco is currently celebrating its Golden Jubilee year and since its inception 50 years ago, has made significant contributions towards developing high quality seeds.
This award therefore holds great significance to the organization. Over the past 50 years, Mahyco has been committed to providing Indian farmers with the cutting-edge technology in agriculture in the form of high quality seeds and will continue to play an important role in enhancing the productivity in future as well. Over the past several years, Mahyco and its promoters especially Dr. BR Barwale have won several awards and honours both from Indian as well as global organizations.
Mahyco’s vision is to empower the Indian farmers with the best of seeds and to enhance the agricultural productivity of our country.