CSIR-SARI introduces new soybean variety to stakeholders

By Wayo
Rosemary, GNA

Nyankpala (N/R), Oct 18, GNA – The Council for
Scientific and Industrial Research – Savannah Agricultural Research Institute
(CSIR-SARI) has introduced a new soybean variety to stakeholders to cultivate
to boost nutritional status of consumers and contribute to food security.

The new soybean variety named Favour, has been
tested and proven to yield about 20 per cent more than the existing varieties
and also sheltered more leaves that served as organic matter to the soil.

It also produces higher quality soymilk as
well as other soy products and it is disease resistant compared to other
varieties.

It was introduced at the fourth annual soybean
kick-off event held on Wednesday at Nyankpala near Tamale by the Soybean
Innovation Lab (SIL) in partnership with CSIR-SARI, Catholic Relief Services
(CRS) and Centre for Agriculture and Bio-sciences International (CABI).

The event brought together input dealers,
extension agents, agricultural development agencies and the private sector to
highlight the role of inputs in soybean production.

The event, said to be the only
soybean-dedicated forum in the country that brought together the public and
private sectors to discuss critical challenges and opportunities within the
soybean value chain was dubbed: “Bundling inputs: The key to improving soybean
yields.”

Dr Nicholas Ninju Denwar, a Senior Research
Scientist at CSIR-SARI, who spoke about the new soybean variety, said it was
named Favour because it had been the only soybean variety that possessed many
qualities and could result in increased revenue for farmers compared to the
cost of investment.

Denwar said Favour was the only soybean
variety that offered a lot of benefits to the industry, farmers and consumers
in diverse ways and made farming less expensive considering the fact that it
added more nutrients to the soil for subsequent productions.

Mr Mawuli Asigbee, Agricultural Manager at CRS
said the introduction of new soybean varieties would help bridge the gap
between demand and supply since the demand for soybean in the country was
higher than its production.

Meanwhile, SIL has also introduced a
multi-crop thresher suitable for threshing a variety of crops except groundnut,
and it has a total output of 1500 to 3500 kilogrammes of grain per hour.

The thresher was introduced alongside the new
soybean variety because it was realised that crop variety and processing were
some primary causes of loss in soybean production.

GNA

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