New groundnut varieties released 

Dr David Kalule Okello (left) explains how to harvest groundnuts. Photo/Lominda Afedraru 

What you need to know:

  • Although average maturity time for most groundnuts is estimated at 100 days, some do mature as early as 90days while others takes up to 130 days, depending also on climatic conditions. Much care should be observed while harvesting to avoid breaking offs.

Groundnut whose scientific name is Arachis hypogaea L, also known as peanut, is the said to be the second most important legume after beans in Uganda. 
Experts say the traditional groundnut varieties are of the red Valencia type, but of a very mixed nature ranging from large seeded to small seeded group such as red beauty.
It is mainly grown in Northern and Eastern Uganda and since 1969 26 varieties have been released by scientists from the National Semi-Arid Resources Research Institute NaSARRI) in Serere, Eastern Uganda.

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