Seven new groundnut varieties launched – Uganda

 Groundnut farmers now have access to the National Semi-Arid Resource Research Institute Serere’s (Nassari’s) seven new varieties. Paschal Nalyongo, the senior research technician in charge of groundnuts, reveals that the released varieties – which include Serenut number seven to 14 – are high-yielding and capable of producing 3,000-3,500kg of groundnuts per hectare. Nalyongo explains that the new varieties were crossbred in 1999, after they were bulked in laboratories for eight years and then put on trial for four years to prove their success. “These varieties take 100 days to mature, are easy to shell, and have a high oil content that gives them a competitive advantage in the market.” – The Monitor