Ten high oil containing groundnut varieties bred by ICRISAT will be evaluated in the All India Coordinated Research Program on Groundnut (AICRP-G) multi-location testing in India during 2014-15. These varieties were identified for three major groundnut growing states of India (Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu).

The recommendations were made at the annual review and work plan meeting of the ‘Development and promotion of promising varieties / lines with high yield and high oil content with enhanced O/L ratio for enhancing production and quality of groundnut oil in drought-prone environments to boost the income of small and marginal groundnut farmers in India’ project supported by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India, which was held on 30 May at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore.

Seven lines are now in the second year of testing and three new lines, ICGV 07038, ICGV 06138 and ICGV 03057 were proposed for testing in 2014 by National Agricultural Research Systems partners from Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh at the AICRP-G workshop held on 27-29 May.

The lines were identified following evaluation trials conducted in these three states during 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Going by the earlier successful identification of farmer preferred varieties (FPVs) under the Tropical Legumes II project, 33 Farmer Preferred Varietal Selection Trials (FPVST) were conducted to identify high oil yielding groundnut FPVs in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh by partners during 2013-14.

The activity was undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes.

Adapted from ICRISAT Happenings