Gandhinagar, 9 December 2020
Scientists at Junagadh Agricultural University in Gujarat have discovered a new variety of groundnut that can be sown in the monsoon. Gujarat is recommended for groundnut 41 (GG 41) cultivation. Its production is 2722 kg per hectare. Which gives 16 percent higher yield than other varieties. Presently GG 11 variety gives 2352 kg, GJG 17 variety 2344 kg. The percentage of nut and oils is also high. Leaf spot, ocher disease, thrips, leaf blight is less.
This variety has the highest production of all the varieties produced in the monsoon. Presently, farmers are cultivating varieties yielding 1725 to 2125 kg per hectare. New variety which gives an additional yield of 597 kg and 1090 kg.
If this variety is susses in the field and the disease is reduced, it can be a silver lining for the farmers.
Groundnut was planted in Gujarat in 20 lakh hectares last year. If this new variety is grown in all regions, more than 100 cr kilograms of groundnut can be produced throughout Gujarat. Revenue can be increased from Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 10,000 crore if calculated at Rs 50 per kg. Which is becoming a favorite among the farmers.
However, it has lower yields than summer varieties, which have been planted for 10 years. The vertical production is 3483 kg per hectare. But this happens not in monsoon but in summer.
An official announcement in this regard was made by Dr. VP Chowtiya, Vice Chancellor of Junagadh Agricultural University.
The first new variety of groundnut in Gujarat was released in 1964 by Junagadh Agricultural University. Since then, farmers in Gujarat have been pioneers in groundnut cultivation across the country. Currently farmers cultivate 20 varieties of monsoon and 4 varieties of summer.