Bhavarlal Jain

Bhavarlal Jain

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Bhavarlal Jain Profile

  • Name:
  • Bhavarlal Jain
  • Born:
  • December 12, 1937
  • Died:
  • February 25, 2016
  • Spouse:
  • Kantabai Bhavarlal Jain

Bhavarlal Jain Biography

Bhavarlal Jain was an Indian agriculturalist, entrepreneur and businessman from Jalgaon, North Maharashtra. He was the founder chairman of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd, currently the second leading micro-irrigation company in the world. He was also known as a philanthropist and Gandhian, and the founder of Gandhi Research Foundation, a research institution and museum on Mahatma Gandhi in his hometown Jalgoan. He has authored many books in English and Marathi. He was awarded the Padma Shri by government of India in 2008 for his significant contributions in Science & Engineering and UNESCO-West-Net Water Conserver of India award in 2007. He passed away on 25 February 2016 at the age of 78.

 

Bhavarlal Jain was born into an Oswal Jain family in Jalgaon, North Maharashtra in the year 1937. Wakod is his ancestral village. His family was into farming. He completed his law students and also got through civil service exams. Yet he chose agriculture as his profession. Initially he sold kerosene. The family formed a partnership and ventured into business accumulating savings of three generations, as capital. But in the mid-1970s Jain decided to pursue agriculture in his ancestral property. In 1980, he established a PVC pipe manufacturing operation, and from there on he established his business empire.

 

In 1987-88, he set up a public corporation in the Khandesh region for drip irrigation. He purchased a piece of land and converted it into cultivable land, now recognised as Jain Agri Park and Jain Food Park. Later he went on to become a pioneer in micro irrigation in India. He published his first book - Aajchi Samajrachna, tiche swarup va punarbandhani in 2001 in Marathi language, followed by 6 more books. His last work, She and Me was published in 2014.

Published: January 31, 2019

Updated: January 31, 2019

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