Production and Marketing Trends of Soy Bean in Ethiopia 2001-2017

Gebre-Egziabher Fentahun


This review investigates the status and trends of production and marketing of soy bean in Ethiopia. The high production record was obtained in 2015/16 production season, which is 81241.833 ton. But high yield (22 quintals per hectare) or (2.2 ton per hectare) was obtained during 2017 production season. Area covered by the crop from 2001/02 to 2016/17 production period shows uneven holding which moves up and down. This shows once the farmers produce the crop they ignore it coming year because of market problem of the crop. They even don’t know how to locally process it. This leads them to carelessly engage in production of the crop. This needs attention of future intervention either by government or nongovernmental organizations on area of improving farmers’ ability of processing soya bean, creation of favorable market condition for this crop. There is also high price fluctuation in the domestic market so it is very crucial to link commercially oriented small and large scale farmers to value chains. This means, industries engaged in processing of oil crops to produce edible oil need to be supported or encouraged to start processing soy bean. This needs a link with a group of soy bean producing farmers. Farmers need to be linked with soy bean processing factories as a result market is secured for farmers to become interested to engage in soy bean production. Promote soy production and processing among small holders, engaged in subsistence farming, for food security purposes.

DOI: 10.7176/JMCR/59-02

Publication date: August 31st 2019

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