Small holder farmers begin soybean production

Small holder farmers have for the first time ventured into soybean production and planted over 12 thousand hectares so far, a development expected to contribute significantly to the national output.

The introduction of Command Soya Bean production in the 2017/2018 season has continued to attract the interest of both large and small scale farmers, with the planting of over 12 thousand hectares by small scale farmers marking the beginning of exciting times for the country’s wheat production sub-sector.

“We are happy to announce that the inclusion of soya bean on Presidential Climate Proof programme has paid dividend.

“Data received by December show that the small farmers have planted over 12 thousand hectares of the oil-crop.

“This is the first time this small holder sector has ventured into soya bean,” explained Dr. John Basera, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement.

A combined total of 40 thousand hectares of the crop has been planted by both large and small scale farmers, amid calls for farmers to take advantage of the current rains to plant early maturing varieties. 

The country requires about 220,000 metric tonnes of soybeans annually for food, feed and industrial needs.

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