Soybean and Sunflower in Ethiopia?May 6, 2011
Soyabean and sunflower can be farmed and be profitable in Ethiopia, said a report by Landbouw-Economish Institute (LEI) of Wageningen. The report entitled ‘Ethiopian Soyabean and Sunflower Value Chains: Opportunities and Challenges' studied the feasibility of farmers planting the two crops. The report also enumerated five issues to address for a successful adoption:
- Reluctance of farmers because they have little experience with growing soya beans and sunflowers.
- New crop introduction demands a focused strategy, shared by all participants in the value chain. · Uncertainties for early adopters need to be mitigated.
- A focus on sunflowers is preferable, since the Ethiopian menu is insufficient in fats and energy and is adequate in proteins.
- An analysis of opportunities for soya bean proteins in the livestock sector is also recommended.
The full report can be downloaded at http://www.lei.dlo.nl/publicaties/PDF/2011/2011-016.pdf.
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