Available improved soybean varieties in Uganda

The National Soybean breeding Programme, based at Makerere University has bred, developed and released four improved soybean varieties that are high yielding (2000 – 3000kg per hectare), early maturing (95-105 days) and resistant to diseases for commercial production in Uganda.

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The varieties are Maksoy 3N, Maksoy 2N, Maksoy 1N and Namsoy 4M released between 2004 and 2010.

The high yield of improved varieties results in production of 800 – 1200kg per hectare above the local varieties.

Foundation seed of these varieties is available at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK).

With these well adapted soybean varieties to the Ugandan environment, the soybean crop enterprise presents a highly affordable, source of proteins for the country’s populations.

The crop can be grown in both first and second seasons of the year.


SOYBEAN is the most nutritious crop in the world containing 40% protein and 20% oil, both of which are vital in human and animal diet. Soybean contains at least 100% more proteins than any other common crop and yields 5-10 times more protein per unit area than other crops.
With the available technology for processing soybeans at industrial and household level, soybean has become one of the most promising food crops available to improve the diets of millions of people in the world.
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