Groundnut is the major oil seed of India. It accounts for around 25% of the total oil seed production of the country. Annual production of Indian Peanuts and Indian Peanuts oil are around 5-8mln and 1.5 mln tons respectively.
. It is widely grown in the tropics and subtropics, being important to both small and large commercial producers. It is classified as both a grain legumeand, due to its high oil content, an oil crop.