Soya has the potential to boost household incomes and fight hunger and malnutrition.In 2011 Uganda exported 1,597 tonnes of soya beans worth $875,000 (sh2.1b). This was an improvement from 2010 when the country earned $293,640 (sh734m).
According to the National Soya bean network (N-soynet), Uganda produces close to 200,000 tonnes of soya annually. Fifty percent is used in the production of animal and chicken feeds, 30% is exported and only 20% is consumed locally.
The observation was made by Martin Ssali the managing director of N-Soynet in an interview at the UMA show grounds.
Ssali attributes the low production to lack of awareness of the health nutritional and economic benefits of soya, lack of appropriate technologies that can add value to soya beans.
"We are dedicating this trade fair to teaching people and creating awareness of the existing soya bean products and its benefits. That will create demand. In return, demand will fuel increased production at farm level hence additional incomes to the farmers," added Ssali.