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 ICRISAT, PJTSAU jointly develop new groundnut varieties in Telangana

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ICRISAT to engage with seed corporations, farmer seed entrepreneurs and FPOs to ensure access to quality Girnar 4 and 5 seeds. ​

To boost valuable groundnut production across Telangana, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) have joined forces to conduct eighty demonstration trials across the State.

The initiative funded by the Government of Telangana aims to expand groundnut production which is presently only cultivated on 0.3 million hectares of land in Telangana. There are plans to engage with seed corporations, farmer seed entrepreneurs and Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) to ensure access to quality Girnar 4 and 5 seeds. ​

PJTSAU, with support from ICRISAT, is conducting location-specific research, identification of genotypes, and multi-location trials of varieties developed by ICRISAT to deliver suitable varieties to Telangana and improve groundnut seed systems in the State.

Seed production of India’s first high oleic acid groundnut varieties ‘Girnar 4’ developed by ICRISAT in partnership with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research – Directorate of Groundnut Research (ICAR-DGR), was undertaken on four acres of land at RARS-Palem during this year’s rainy season.

Director General ICRISAT Dr Jacqueline Hughes said she was delighted with the collaboration with the Government of Telangana and PJTSAU, that would likely see much needed improvements to groundnut cultivation across the State, leading to improved farmer incomes.

“We look forward to drawing upon the Institute’s experience and expertise in developing inclusive and sustainable seed systems and value chains to deliver to farmers across Telangana, high quality, accessible, and lower cost seed.

Deputy Director General – Research at ICRISAT Dr Arvind Kumar congratulated all parties for the initiative aimed at not only boosting incomes but incentivizing new farmers to enter into groundnut production.

Inaugural Capacity Building Program

About three hundred farmers attended the inaugural capacity building program to accelerate the adoption of the new groundnut varieties held at the ​ Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) in Palem, Nagarkurnool district, Telengana.

During the capacity building program, participants were exposed to quality seed production techniques and potential innovations to promote groundnut production and value chains.Leaflets in local language detailing good agricultural practices in groundnut were distributed to farmers at the event for on-going reference material.

She emphasized that farmer adoption of new groundnut varieties such as high oleic acid varieties would help them achieve higher yields, profit and potential new export opportunities while promoting best agricultural practices.

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