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Groundnut in Gujarat poised for Growth

‘High Oleic’ groundnut trial at JAU (Junagadh Agricultural University), Gujarat. Photo: P. Janila, ICRISAT

‘High Oleic’ groundnut trial at JAU (Junagadh Agricultural University), Gujarat. Photo: P. Janila, ICRISAT

This week I had the privilege to travel with ICRISAT Groundnut breeder, Dr Janila Pasupuleti, and Dr T Radhakrishnan, Director of Directorate of Groundnut Research (DGR) to large expanses of precision groundnut production in Saurashtra region in the Indian state of Gujarat.  Junagadh is one of 11 districts there and it was truly impressive to see straight rows of groundnut devoid of weeds as far as the eye could see.

It was obvious how progressive and proud the Gujarati groundnut farmers are in this region. We talked about the challenges and economics of groundnut production with two brothers, Damodar Patel and Chandras Patel (Kevadra Village, Junagadh district), who spoke about the importance of the groundnut seeds they buy from local seed traders. Seed is a business based on trust and they are willing to pay a 40% price premium over state provided seed that translates to a total cost of USD200 per hectare. Read more

Groundnut work delivers for smallholders

I saw impressive gains being made through production of improved groundnut varieties by smallholder farmers in Malawi first hand today.

I need practice to catch up to the pace farmers can strip pods from groundnuts in Malawi.

I need practice to catch up to the pace farmers can strip pods from groundnuts in Malawi.

We spent the day visiting many smallholder farmers who showed us the agronomic practices they are using to grow groundnut, pigeon pea and maize.

The farmers walked us through their involvement in the production and distribution of the improved groundnut CG 7, which has 50 percent oil content and a large seed size making them suitable for both oil production and for confectionary nuts. Read more