A superior export-quality confectionery groundnut variety that comes with a higher cost benefit ratio compared to local checks was released for cultivation in the Northern Transitional Agro-climatic Zone of Karnataka, India. The variety ICGV 06189 comes with superior pod and kernel features, higher pod yield, higher seed mass and low oil content preferred for confectionery varieties.

“ICGV 06189 with its higher recovery of large seeds (> 70g /100 seeds) and better pod and kernel features compared to current confectionery varieties has the potential to increase farmers’ incomes, meet the current demand for confectionery groundnuts in the region and provides an opportunity to tap export potential,” said Dr Motagi.

Former groundnut breeder from UAS-D, Dr HL Nadaf, selected and recommended ICGV 06189 from the advanced breeding lines shared by ICRISAT under the Tropical Legumes II project to the All India Coordinated Research Project on Groundnut for national testing.

The new variety was released for cultivation in the Northern Transitional Agro-climatic zone (Zone 8) of Karnataka state at the 84th meeting of Central Sub-Committee on Crop Standards, Notification and Release of Varieties for Agricultural Crops held on 29 July 2020.

ICGV 06189 comparison with local zonal checks GPBD 5 and TGLPS 3

Attribute ICGV 06189 GPBD 5 TGLPS 3


Cost-Benefit ratio 2.55 2.26 1.98
Mean pod yield 2,450 kg/ha 2,083 kg/ha 1,887 kg/ha
Seed size 62% of >70 g seeds 13% of >70 g seeds 41% of >70 g seeds
100 seed mass 65 to 75 g 40 to 50 g 60 to 70 g
Oil content* 43% 42%
Shelling outturn 74% 75%
Pod features Large pods with slight constriction, medium beak and reticulation


Medium pods with moderate constriction, slight beak and reticulation Highly constricted large pods with prominent beak and reticulation
Kernel features Tan color, bold, long and mostly oval in shape Tan color, medium and round to oval in shape  Tan color, bold, long and mostly oval in shape
Release year 2020 2008 2007

* Low oil content of <44% is preferred for confectionery varieties.

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Project title: (a) Tropical Legumes II;  (b) Enhancing groundnut productivity and profitability for smallholder farmers in Asia through varietal technologies

Funder:  (a) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and (b) OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

Partners: University of Agricultural Sciences-Dharwad (UASD)

CRP: Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (CRP-GLDC)

This work contributes to UN Sustainable Development Goal.
1-no-poverty 7-decent-work 8-industry-innovation 17-partnerships-goals 

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