The National Variety Release Committee of Nigeria has approved the release of two new groundnut varieties developed by ICRISAT and its partners for commercial cultivation in Nigeria.

Groundnut varieties SAMNUT 25 (ICGX-SM 00020/5/P10) and SAMNUT 26 (ICGX-SM 00018/5/P15/P2) were recommended and released, based on their good performance across the targeted production environments in Nigeria with regards to pod and haulm yields, resistance to the groundnut rosette disease, early crop maturity, high nutritional qualities, and wide acceptability by the local farmers.

Farmers examining a groundnut farm cultivating new varieties. Photo: ICRISAT

Farmers examining a groundnut farm cultivating new varieties. Photo: ICRISAT

The two varieties originated from F5 aphid resistance x groundnut rosette virus resistance nursery with breeding lines provided by ICRISAT Mali from ICRISAT Malawi in 2006, as part of a total of 140 breeding lines supplied to the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) at Zaria, Nigeria. With financial support under the Tropical Legumes II (TL II) project, IAR Zaria scientists evaluated lines of groundnut in collaboration with ICRISAT and other National Agricultural Research System partners in the country.

The TL II project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. is being implemented under the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes.