What’s in for Soya beans?
0.8 -1.2 tonnes /acre
4 to 6 months
Eastern Region, Ghana
Glycine max, popularly called Soya beans or Soybeans is a globally important crop for both human and animal consumption. Soybean is used in many processed foods and some common products include Soy milk, Soybean oil, Soy sauce and Soy flour. Soybean is a nutritional powerhouse rich in protein, fat, calcium, folate, and Vitamin C. Adding soy protein to food such as bread, pasta and cornmeal is an efficient way to ensure adequate nutrition and also get the added benefits of soybean phytochemicals such as soyasaponins, phytosterols, lignans, phytic acid, and oligosaccharides.
Soybean is also an alternative to many dairy products. For example, soybean is the primary ingredient for dairy product substitutes such as soy cheese and soy ice cream. Based on its high nutrient content, there is a soy-based infant formula that adequately supports normal infant growth and development, and is accepted by the FDA as safe for use. As Africa continues to experience explosive growth with its population, the demand of soybeans will continue to increase.
Currently, local demand for soybeans accounts for 150,000 metric tonnes whereas imports of the produce amount to 50 percent. What this means is that domestic production of soybeans accounts for about 75,000 metric tonnes.