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Inspecting soybean farm

Inspecting Keefas seed farm in Zirobwe

Exhibiting soybean varieties

Exhibtion of Soybean Varieties

Quality soybean produced

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Inspecting Seed1Dr. Phinehas Tukamuhabwa

elcome to Soybean, a website dedicated to all who have devoted their resources:  time, expertise and funds to the development of soybeans in Africa. To the persistent   soybean farmers and researchers, donors, processors  and traders of soybean in Africa, thank you for the job well-done, and  ‘never give up’.

Soybean is relatively new in Africa but with a potential to drastically change the African Agricultural sector through investment in  soybean breeding while addressing the whole soybean value chain. New Soybean varieties that are day neutral and adapted to the African tropical conditions have been developed and released for commercialization in Africa.  Commercialization of these varieties through the soybean value chain have steadily played an increasing role in the welfare of the African Social economic welfare scenario.  For example, In Uganda the processing capacity for soybean increased from 300 tons in 2004 to over 600 tons per day in 2011 while soybean contributed 1,163,000 US dollars in 2009 up from US dollars 300,000 in 2006 in terms of export earnings.  

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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.

History of soybean Production in Africa

The earliest known cultivation of soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merrill)  in Africa was in Egypt in 1858, followed by Tunisia in 1873, Algeria in 1880 (Soyinfo Centre). Other sources urgue that soybean was introduced to Algeria by Trabut, a French agronomist at a government botanical station in 1896. Algeria, a French colony was important to France as a place for acclimatization of plants, especially soybean. The next record of soybean cultivation in Africa was in 1903 when they were grown in South Africa at Cedara in Natal and in the Transvaal. According to Rhodesian Agricultural Journal (1906), soybean was first cultivated in Zimbabwe in 1906. Soybean was also introduced to Mauritius in 1907 by P. Boname (Boname 1910; Moutia, in Whigham 1975.



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Soybean: The Wonder Crop Of Many Uses

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.

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Soybean Utilization OFDA Report. 2



Eastern Uganda has had repeated prolonged droughts in the last five years that has left farmers with no stock of seed for future use.  In the process many of the locally adapted varieties were lost.  With this state of matter in view, the need for restocking the region with improved seed cannot be over-emphasized.  Most of soybean produced in Uganda comes from the Eastern region especially in Iganga and Pallisa.  However, soybean rust has wiped out all the varieties that were being used by the farmers in the last two years.  Information from Ministry of Health also indicate that most children in the area are underweight and stunted dur to malnutrition.  Though communities in the region have grown soybean for some time, they have no knowledge how they can use soybean in local dishes.  It was therefore important to plan activities to act as intervention points for the communities in this area in regard to provision of improved soybean seed and appropriate techniques for processing soybean at rural household level.

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