Punjab contributions about 90% of groundnut in Pakistan with dryland Pothwar as core production area. Barani Agricultural Research Institute, Chakwal-the only research institute in Punjab working on developing high yielding groundnut varieties with drought and disease tolerance as climate change adaptation characteristics.
The groundnut varieties developed by BARI have shown more tolerance towards different diseases as compared to other varieties. BARI has released six groundnut varieties so far. Among them, BARI-2011, Golden and BARI-2000 are more popular in barani tract for their yield, color and tolerance towards drought and diseases.
During 2016, another high yielding variety BARI-2016 has been approved by Punjab Seed Council. Average groundnut yield in Punjab 9-10 maunds/acre where as Farmers can harvest 20 maunds/acre from latest varieties.