Groundnut Research Station was established in August 2000 at Attock. This station is situated in the low to medium rainfall zone on sandy to sandy clay loam soil, which is most suitable for groundnut research. Punjab contributes about 90% of groundnut in Pakistan with dry land Pothwar (Rawalpindi Division) as core production area i.e., more than 90% of Punjab’s area. District Attock contributes almost 25% of Rawalpindi Division area and has an average yield almost 1000 Kg/ha which is above than rest of all Punjab average yield. Total area of this research station is 09.75 Acres. Groundnut Research Station, Attock is working on developing high yielding groundnut varieties with drought and disease tolerance as climate change adaptation characteristics.
The main objectives of the Research Station are
- Strengthening of gene pool of diverse origin
- Development of high yielding and short season varieties
- Standardization of production technologies
- Production of good quality seed.
- To develop soil moisture conservation techniques suitable for agro-climatic zone of Attock
- Maintenance & enrichment of gene pool
- Raising and handling of filial generations
- Preliminary yield trials (PYTs)
- Advanced yield trials (AYTs)
- Micro Groundnut Yield Trial
- National Uniform Yield Trial (NUYT)
- Agronomic Trials
- Wheat PUYT & NUYT
- “11AK011” a high yielding advance line of groundnut that completed its NUYT evaluation with high flying, was successfully passed through spot examination phase in 2019 and it will be the first very own variety of this research station.
- Another groundnut advance line “10AK003” that was contributed in 2018 to NUYT stood first. It was again contributed in NUYT for 2nd year of evaluation in 2019.
- More that seventy genotypes from different sources were evaluated at research station for acclimatization in this region.
- Five advance groundnut advance lines were contributed in Micro Groundnut Yield Trial at two different locations.
- Advisory services about production technology of groundnut were provided to farmers of District Attock during Farmers Training Programmes at all Tehsil Headquarters
Seed supply of approved varieties of groundnut to the farmers in limited quantity during kharif season.
Advisory services are being provided about production technology and plant protection of kharif crop especially for rainfed areas to the farming community.
An additional assignment from Director BARI was to survey in District Attock for olive suitability and selection of suitable farmers for olive plantation.
Address: Groundnut Research Station, Farooq-e-Azam Colony Road, Attock City