Finally, Asha peanut is now a commercial variety recommended for local planting following the recent approval from the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) of the Bureau of Plant Industry. It is registered as NSIC 2009 Pn 15.
Rose Mary G. Aquino of the Cagayan Valley Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CVIARC) of the Department of Agriculture Region 2 based in San Felipe, Ilagan, Isabela and is also the project leader in the production of Asha peanut in the Philippines, said that Asha was approved after it passed a series of testing and careful evaluation required for its commercial release.
Results from the 17 national cooperative trials showed that Asha consistently ranked number one in terms of yield, surpassing the NSIC national check variety Pn 11 by 22% and 10% during wet and dry seasons, respectively. It produced the highest recorded yield of 3,991 kg per hectare which is double the yield of commercial peanut varieties in the country.