Bhaskar Save, 94, acclaimed as ‘Gandhi of organic farming’, breathed his last at his Kalpavruksh farm at Dehri village in Umargam taluka in Valad district, on Saturday afternoon, family sources said.
Bhaskar Save had committed his life to organic farming and had won many awards nationally and internationally. The last award he got from German-based International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement in 2010 in recognition of his life time achievement. He started his career as a primary teacher in a village school. He was also doing farming work in the land which he got from his father. In 1956 he left teaching and committed his entire life towards farming and also had carried out a lot of research on it. Bhaskar Save is survived by his two sons and two daughters. All the children are married while Suresh Save, the eldest one, was staying with him.
Suresh Save said that the prime motive of doing organic farming was that his father did not want to disturb the nature’s cycle. He also opted for natural farming and created awareness among the farmers not to use chemical fertilizer in the agriculture as after longer time the fertile land would get affected. His funeral will be held at Umargam Sunday at 10 am.