B. V. Nimbkar
Nimbkar presented with the Padma Shri by President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (2006)
Born(1931-07-17)17 July 1931
Died25 August 2021(2021-08-25) (aged 90)
Other namesBon
Occupation(s)Agricultural scientist
Social worker
Known forNimbkar Agricultural Research Institute
ChildrenNandini Nimbkar
Manjiri Nimbkar, Chanda Nimbkar
Parent(s)Kamala and Vishnu Nimbkar
AwardsPadma Shri
Jamnalal Bajaj Award

Bonbehari Vishnu Nimbkar (17 July 1931 – 25 August 2021) was an Indian agricultural scientist and social worker, known for his work in the fields of animal husbandry and agriculture.[1] He founded Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute, an Indian non-governmental organization engaged in research and development in agriculture, renewable energy and animal husbandry. His work garnered him many awards, including the Padma Shri and the Jamnalal Bajaj Award.

Early life

B. V. Nimbkar was born on 17 July 1931 in Goa to Kamala Nimbkar (née Elizabeth Lundy) and Vishnu Nimbkar. He attended George School, a Quaker-run preparatory school in Newtown, Pennsylvania.[2] His mother also attended the same school.[3] After obtaining a master's degree in agronomy from the University of Arizona,[4] he returned to India.


In 1956, he started farming in Phaltan, a taluka in Satara district in western Maharashtra, and is reported to have started a seed business and processing plant called Nimbkar Seeds, with financial assistance from Rockefeller Foundation. In 1968, he founded the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), a non-profit, non-governmental organization, for advanced research in agriculture.[5] The organization has since grown to include activities in renewable energy, animal husbandry and sustainable development. His company Nimbkar Seeds is credited with the introduction of pure-bred Boer goats for the first time in India.[1] He remained the president of NARI till 1990 and the organization, as of 2021, is headed by his daughter Nandini Nimbkar, assisted by Chanda Nimbkar and Nandini's husband, Anil K. Rajvanshi.[6][7][8]

Some of Nimbkar's research areas included studying the causes for desertification particularly in the Western Maharashtra region and the lasting impact of hybrid plants and high-yielding varieties of crops on the underlying soil.[9][10] His research work and articles were published in national and international journals.[11][12][13]

Nimbkar was the recipient of the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honor, in 2006, for his contributions to the field of agriculture. He was also the recipient of the Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 2016 for the application of science and technology toward rural applications.[14][15]

Personal life

Nimbkar was married and had three daughters, Nandini Nimbkar, an academic and agricultural scientist, Chanda Nimbkar, a geneticist and animal husbandry research scientist, and Manjiri Nimbkar, a physician and social worker.[16][17][18]

Nimbkar died at Phaltan on 25 August 2021, one month after his 90th birthday.[19][15]

Selected bibliography

See also


  1. ^ a b "Company Profile". India Mart. 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  2. ^ David Van Praagh (2003). Greater Game: India's Race with Destiny and China. McGill-Queen's Press. p. 464. ISBN 978-0-7735-7130-3. Bonbehari Vishnu Nimbkar.
  3. ^ "India: Newtoner's Second Home". The Bristol Daily. 20 October 1962. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  4. ^ Nimbkar, BonBehari Vishnu (1955). Factors affecting the protein composition of cereal crops with particular reference to sorghum (Sorghum vulgare) (MS thesis). University of Arizona. hdl:10150/319572.
  5. ^ "Research Institutions Policy Research Journal – Energy Alternatives India". Energy Alternatives India. 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Indian NGO awarded for its innovative lantern-cum-stove". Owsa. One World South Asia. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  7. ^ Anil K Rajvanshi (2010). Nature of Human Thought. Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute. p. 180. ISBN 9788190578127.
  8. ^ Director of Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute Dr. Anil Rajvanshi Selected for Padma Shri
  9. ^ Singer, Carol A. (1992). Desertification: January 1985-September 1992. National Agricultural Library.
  10. ^ "A Word of Warning on Hybrids". Economic and Political Weekly. 2 (47): 7–8. 5 June 2015.
  11. ^ "EPW profile". Economic and Political Weekly: 7–8. 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  12. ^ Nimbkar C., J.H.J. van der Werf, P.M. Ghalsasi1, B.V. Nimbkar, and S.W. Walkden-Brown. "Potential introgression pathways and strategies for wider use of the FecB gene in Maharashtra state and other parts of India". ACIAR, Australia.((cite journal)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ B. V. Nimbkar; Nandini Nimbkar; N. Zende (1986). "Desertification of Western Maharashtra: Causes and possible solutions. I. Comparative growth of eight tree species". Forest Ecology and Management. 16 (1–4): 243–251. doi:10.1016/0378-1127(86)90024-1.
  14. ^ "Maharashtra: Padma Shri awardee agriculture scientist B.V. Nimbkar dead". The Hindu. PTI. 25 August 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  15. ^ a b Raina, Ayushi (27 August 2021). "Padma Shri Awardee Agriculture Scientist B V Nimbkar Passes Away". krishijagran.com. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  16. ^ "Chanda Nimbkar – The Scientific Woman". thescientificwoman.com. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Pragat Shikshan Sanstha". pssphaltan.org. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  18. ^ "Pragat Shikshan Sanstha". pssphaltan.org. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  19. ^ "Maharashtra: Padma Shri awardee agriculture scientist B.V. Nimbkar dead". The Hindu. 25 August 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 25 August 2021.