Scientists of the UGC-affiliated Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriculture Technology University (CSA) in Kanpur have created a new type of groundnut that can flourish in summers.
According to CSA scientist Jitendra Singh, "The new variety of groundnut can be sown after harvesting pea, potato and mustard during summers".
This new summer variety can be harvested in just three months after its sown.
"Now people will not have to consume stored groundnuts grown during the winter season. They will now relish the taste of fresh groundnuts even during the summers", Singh said.
Singh said that in Uttar Pradesh, the summer variety of groundnut could be planted in Kanpur, Fatehpur, allahabad and kaushambi areas which are known as the potato belt, with other parts of the country as well.
He claimed that a grower can earn up to Rs 75,000, with an investment worth Rs 30,000 per hectare.
Moreover, the summer variety of the groundnut crop is disease-free as pests cannot attack the crop because of high temperature in the atmosphere, he added.