Uganda releases new soybean variety

A brief report on says that Ugandan scientists have released a new soybean variety known as MNG 8.10. The variety is resistant to a soybean rust (presumably not Asian soybean rust, or they’d be making a much bigger deal about it) and gives a yield of up to 2.5 tons per hectare.

That’s great news for the breeders and for Uganda’s soybean farmers. Just one churlish question; who will be eating the soybeans? Livestock in Uganda? Livestock in some other country? Or hungry Ugandans?

91 Replies to “Uganda releases new soybean variety”

  1. the variety is tolerant (not immune) to the Asian soybean rust, yields up to 3.5ton per ha. Soybean in Uganda is consumed by people and livestock in Uganda and in the region at large!!!

  2. In Uganda, soybean is consumed by mixing the flour with millet or maize flour and preparing a porridge from this mixture. This is consumed by children and adults alike as a protein supplement (there are few cheap protein sources in Uganda). This method uses the greatest amount of soybean in Uganda but the most common method of consuming soybean in Uganda is by eating the roasted grain as a snack, often sold by hawkers or street vendors. Small amounts are also consumed as soymilk (locally prepared using a mortar, pestle and strainer) and as paste (mixed with local vegetables). If you need more information about soybean in Uganda please leave your email on this blog so that i can write to you directly. Thanks

    1. Hey wew, This is an old post so maybe you won’t get this but I’m part of a Ugandan health team interested in making more efficient grinders to prepare soybeans. Can you please email me back with the method of preparing soybeans, ie. do they use hand mortar and pestle, etc.

    2. thank you sir/madam for your a student who has just completed my course (bsc agriculture ) at makerere university in uganda and i have interest in growing soybean.pleased give me more information on its agronomy and market availability if possible.thank you so much and GODBLESS YOU.

    3. I am planning to grow soya beans next year please i would be interested in any relevant information as Know almost nothing about it

    4. need information on how to make soya milk and its varrieties .if i have an acre of land how much can i get from my acre

  3. @kilama maxwell – Thanks for your request. I’m afraid we have no information on this topic, but the previous commenter — wew — did say that you can leave your email and get more information. On the other hand, I’m not sure we should be encouraging you to give good food to livestock.

  4. @Kilama Maxwell.
    Proper formulation of animal feed requires knowledge of the animals’ nutrient requirements as well knowledge of the nutritional composition of available foodstuff. Pigs at different stages require different amounts of protein & energy in their diets. As far as soybean is concerned, the average composition is ~40% protein, 20% oil(fat), 35% carbohydrates..the rest being ash. Crude mixtures are possible and would only require you to crash soybean and mix with maize bran and mineral salts but again, the ratios of the components will highly depend on the feed requirements for the specific age. I would personally not advise u to do this but to consult an animal nutritionist first. Your name suggests u come from Uganda, u could go to Makerere University (Faculty of Agriculture or Fac. of Vet Medicine) and see a nutrition expert for the right possible formulation u can make, for each age group. But again, don’t forget the cost benefit analysis for using soybean, and its availability. If u are from Uganda, u now know that soybean grain costs Ug. Shs. 1500 to Ug. Shs. 1900.. close to a dollar.. can u afford this??

  5. I want to thank wew for making an effort to explain the use of soybean in Uganda. I agree with you that there is a new soybean variety in Uganda that is resistant to the much feared rust disease. Indeed there are others that were released earlier also resistant to the same disease. I also agree that soybean can be a very good source of cheaper proteins to pigs. But that is only and only if the soybean is well processed to de-activate the trypsin inhibitor it contains which if ingested would lead to barring of protein digestion. The process of de-activation is called extrusion and it requires quite sophisticated machines. I request any one who has an alternative way of de-activating the trypsin to bring it forward so that poor farmers can be helped to make use of the soybean that grow.

  6. I wish to thank you for your knowledge sharing with the world and I give a credit for that. I am a Ugandan student of M.Sc.(Nutritional Sciences) at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and wish to give a scientific presentation about the soya-millet porredge flour on:
    _ Aflatoxins
    _ Allergy
    _ Heavy metals in the flour.
    I wish and request to get all the possible information about the flour. I will be greatful for that. Thank you.

    1. Dear Nathan
      Thank you for your comment. I’m afraid we have no additional information. I suggest you try to contact the scientists who released the variety.

  7. @Nathan
    Dear Nathan,
    I am not a nutritionist but I suggest you view the components of your mixture separately i.e. look at soybean aflatoxin, allergy problems when soybean is presented alone and do the same for millet flour. I don’t think the soya-millet flour presents any special ‘qualities’ as regards allergy/aflatoxin composition anymore than the single foods. Otherwise good luck with your MSc. About the heavy metals, i don’t believe that is a problem for soybean or millet in Uganda…. the only concern could be from the flour mills that process the soybean or millet… but not from production, or drying processes….

  8. I would love to chat with someone about soybean production in Uganda if “wew” or someone else is still available. I’ll be traveling to Uganda in a few weeks to work with farmers on soybean production and marketability.


  9. Now i am SOY PROCESSOR IN UGANDA. I also run the secretariate of the National Soybean Network in Uganda with a Makerere professor. Dr. tukamuhabwa who has been behind the releases of the major new soybean varieties.

    What we do at smart foods is that we have reinvented the asian styled Tofu and we have adapted it to Uganda. Ugandans now enjoy Tofu just like beef. We are now trying to get fully commercial after the successful product development and pilot production testing of the product from the Dept of Food Science AND technology, Makerere University.

    1. @ Ssali,

      Thanks for updating us on the progress with developing additional soy foods for Uganda. I am hoping with sufficient marketing, we will be able to see more and more Ugandans enjoying soy foods. Where can one find the tofu in Uganda? When do you hope to start commercial production? And congratulations with your team again, as we have heard of another soybean variety released for the country!! Good luck.

      1. Thanks wew.
        we have finally gone commercial.
        the best tfou in africa has been branded as ‘smarrt marinated Tofu’ currently you can find it at savers supermarket on bombo road. that is at city oil petro station. It is also found at Dama health solutions pharmacy. That is on shoppers stop plaza, behind shoprite.

        soon we shall be supplying Capital shoppers Nakawa, Uchumi, Protea, several restaurants in town.

        Please note, that is many places, our tofu has been given a new name, soya meat, beacuse it tastes like meat.

        This is some thing special for all that have longed to get a meat alternative in Uganda.

        please email any comments and orders to or call +256-702-285608.

    1. Dear Bernard,
      The variety can be accessed from Dr. Phinehas Tukamuhabwa, at the Department of Crop Science, Makerere University. I am not sure whether commercial quantities of the variety are available but give it a try. On the 3 tons per ha, the same person can give you guidance, including a production manual for the crop in Uganda. All the best…

    1. Thanks for your question Andrew. I’m really sorry to have to point out, once again, that we really cannot answer this kind of question, or find grants for people, or do homework for slackers. We’re just two guys sharing what we and our friends find.

    2. Please do not worry.

      Give us a call at the secretariat of the National Soybean Network.

      We will give you all the information regarding soybean in Uganda. Right from new seed varieties, how to multiply it, how to grow the seeds. We shall also link you to markets for the soybean.

      We are here to help the Ugandan get money from the soybean and live a healthy and rich life.

      With soy, no hunger, no more poverty in Uganda.

      1. I want to go into farming and i have opted for soya beans. I am in northern uganda and would like information concerning everything about soybean like ssali martin mentioned above.

        1. Dear Robinah, thank you for your comment. We cannot ourselves provide the information you are looking for, and suggest that you try a local agricultural extension officer.

          1. We are a co-operative institution and producing soybean and other crops co-operatively. Currently we have over ten tons of soybean (Maksoy 2N) at our bulking center. Please contact us if you are a potential buyer.

  10. Dear Andrew, your name is definitely Ugandan. Advice on soybean production in Uganda can be sought from the Department of Crop Science, Makerere University, with the gentleman i mentioned in my previous post above. Or you could also go to the National Crops Resources Research Institute at Namulonge for assistance. Good luck.

  11. dear all,
    the latest soybean variety for 2010 is MAKSOY 3N.
    This variety is higher in oil and has been specially developed for the oil processors.

    Martin Ssali
    National Soybean Network

  12. Hi Martin, for all the time i have been longing to venture in soy bean production as a business but i would like to know the price dynamics as in what can be its highest and lowest price and when also when can i get the market for it when i produce it on a large scale lets say 50MT. Also growth requirements and risks especially the latest released varieties.

  13. Dear Martin,

    i am interested in knowing the areas in Uganda where soya is produced and at what price can i get a killo? If i wanted you to supply me on a regular basis would you be in possition to do that? how much per month and what price per killo?

  14. Hi, am a nutritionist with alot of interest in soyabean products. I have a question for you-which districts in uganda are most suitable for soya growing?Which district of uganda have you successfully tested the new resistant varieties?

    1. Thanks for your comment Siraje. we do not have that kind of information.

      The best thing you could do is contact the National Agricultural research Institute in Kampala.

    2. Siraje,
      Soybean can be grown in nearly all districts in Uganda (you know they are about 120!!) as long as there is sufficient moisture (rains) in a growing season. Nonetheless, a few highland districts such as Kisoro, Kabale and Bukwo (high up) are too cold for efficient cultivation of the varieties we currently have in the country. Rather let us know the districts you would like to grow your soybeans and we advise you more directly and appropriately.

      The new varieties are extensively tested (about four to five years) in various agro-ecologies (areas that generally have similar climatic and soil conditions) before they are released to farmers. If you know the number of districts in Uganda you would understand that testing by district no longer makes sense, instead breeders and agronomists look at areas that generally have similar and soil climatic zones and have the new varieties tested at a single point there to represent the entire zone. We have about 12 such zones in Uganda according NAADS, MAAIF, and NARO.

  15. Jeremy,
    You are sooooo mean with information. If you are not interested in helping the inquistive souls, then stop biasing the good contributors like WEW & Martin.

    1. That’s a little unkind. If we weren’t interested in helping inquisitive souls we wouldn’t have started this blog. But truly inquisitive souls usually know about Google.

  16. Martin/wew
    Kindly advise on the avaulable variaties and the quality parameters for the best soybean from Uganda.

    Thank you

    1. Livingstone,
      Thank you for your interest in soybean in Uganda. No need to be hash on Jeremy et al, as they started this blog for a useful cause, just that they are not quite resident in Uganda or very familiar with the dynamics of soybean production and utilization in Uganda, which should not limit their interest in the subject in anyway.

      Back to question concerning the varieties; there are now about five(5) varieties that are recommended for production in the country, all released between 2004 and 2010. These are: Maksoy 1N, Namsoy 4M, Maksoy 2N (up there in the blog as MNG 8.10), and Maksoy3N. All these varieties have been bred for resistance or tolerance to the devastating soybean rust as well as high yields and good seed attributes.

      On quality parameters, if you are talking about grain quality for processing, the key issues would be the usual standard grain qualities such as moisture content(=14%), no chaff, few damaged seeds, no moulds, etc..

      Hope this was useful..

  17. Am currently involved in soya bean farming and I have planted about 40 acres of MakSoy 1N and MakSoy2N , cant wait to see the results… I am currently growing it in northern Uganda

  18. Dear all,
    It has been observed through field trials that MAK SOY 3N however much it grows taller and has bigger seeds than 2N and 1N, it does not establish many branches as compared to the latter. Can’t this compromise the extent to which it would be expected to give higher yield than the rest?

  19. mr sali martin am so glad to here from you a soya farmer in mukono kyampisi and in wakiso namusera but i always find several challanges on the varities ,methods of planting ,fertilizers and many others i would like to come to your secretriat in person for more advise i wiil be so glad to here from you

  20. Its good news for a person like me who never knew much about this plant.iam a small struggling farmer who would like to start to grow this plant and, incase i do it for commercial purpose ,how do i get to the market?

  21. can u please tell me in which parts of Uganda Soyabean is produced, the percentage of oil in the soyabeans, and how to check it is there any small office machine.

  22. I highly commend you for this blog. It is very informative and I wish you could do similar ones for other crops

    1. Hullo James Harorimana please what is your price for soybean flour before we arrange for any supplies
      contact: +256-700-986599

    2. Dear James and any other Serious Buyers,
      Please contact me or my company for any supplies of Soybean and other products you may need with a reasonable price offers and we shall supply you promptly.

      Our website is:
      Sjype ID: muyanjarob

      + 256 752 147572
      +256 780 178038

  23. First of all let me take this chance to greet you,
    Am a farmer here in Uganda- Mityana District, but very interested in growing of Soybean starting this very season, i still have two challenges.
    1- Variety
    2- spacing
    I will be very grateful to receive the reply in time.
    Thanks so much
    from Ssali Jb

  24. Dear thanks for the good work , am a professional farmer in Rukungiri District, western rift valley ,soils , which current variety can plant in this coming season (feb- may 2015).
    Justus Masanyu

  25. Thanks for this platform.Anybody who cares knows how it is difficult to get any Empirical data on Crop production in Uganda let alone Soyabean which is largely peddled by hawkers as a snack.These hawkers are the target of of KCCA Law enforcement goons,who definitely take it as loot to their homes.Iam planning to grow up to 100acres of soyabean.Is it possible to become a contracted farmer since the market is fragile?Where is the serious Market? The average prices look attractive.Large scale production involves investment in MACHINERY ,fertilisers,pesticides,herbicides , irrgationAND EQUIPMENT such combines.Otherwise as the market stands soyabean is just a snack which hardly justifies serious investment

  26. Hi Andrew,

    This is not true that soybeans do not have a market. Currently all the oil millers in Uganda still operate at 40% capacity annually because they just can not find sufficient crop. Please grow the 100 acres and call me for the market. As the National soybean Network, our role is to make sure that we link farmers like you who may think there is no market to real markets.

    The ladies who are manhandled by KCCA are only trying to provide the wanaichi an opportunity to enjoy the soyprotein. But the picture for the market opportunity is much bigger than you have imagined.

    Martin Ssali
    CEO, National Soybean Network

  27. Dear Sali Martin
    Thank you for the good work. I want to plant about 30 acres of Soya this season. Which variety should I plant, where can I buy it from and what is the price per Kg. I also need more guidance from you. Is it accepted to you If I called on your mobile phone? Kind regards

  28. Dear Martin.
    Am very much impressed with, encouraging ideas. However, much is the market price for a kilogram of soya, hence where can I get good variety of maksoy seeds 6N,4m, and at what price per bag focusing on a 50acres of land?


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