Enhancing production and quality of groundnut oil in drought-prone environments through varietal technology to boost the income of small and marginal groundnut farmers in India
Duration: 01/Apr/2011 - 31/Mar/2015
Project contact: Janila, P
Donor: Department of Agriculture & Cooperation-India
CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes
The overall goal of the project is to enhance oil productivity of groundnut (oil production per unit area) by promoting cultivation in the rainfed cropping systems of varieties that are high yielding and high in oil content with enhanced O/L ratio. The main aim of the project is to develop groundnut varieties with high yield, high oil content and enhanced O/L ratio to increase oil production in rainfed, drought-prone environments and oil stability (shelf life) of groundnut, using both conventional and molecular tools. The project is significant as it aims to boost production of high quality groundnut oil in India, which is a net importer of edible oils. With enhanced oil content and O/L ratio in new groundnut varieties, the proposed project envisages increase in health benefits to consumers and a reduction in the import of edible oil, thus reducing the burden on India’s exchequer. In addition, the high oil recovery from new groundnut varieties will catalyze the oil processing industry and, as a consequence, bring in additional incomes to poor groundnut farmers of the SAT regions in the country.