ANALYSIS OF SOYBEAN VALUE CHAIN IN BUNO BEDELE ZONE, SOUTH WESTERN ETHIOPIA

In Bunno Bedelle zone, soybean is a major cash crop which is mainly produced by smallholder farmers. The study was undertaken with the objective of mapping value chain actors, estimating share of actors’ margin, identify major constraints and opportunities and identifying market channel of soybean by smallholder farmers. Multi stage random sampling techniques were employed to select a total of 218 farmers from nine Kebeles. Data were collected from both secondary and primary sources. Descriptive, SWOT analysis and value chain mapping methods of data analyses were used to analysis the data. Soybean value chain analysis of the study areas revealed that the main value chain actors were input suppliers, soybean producers, wholesalers, retailers, collectors, processors, exporters and consumers. The major constraints identified are low access to improved inputs, collateral problem to get credit, poor storage facilities, low price of produce, and low negotiation (bargaining) power of producers. Therefore, improving extension services, sharing of experience among soybean farmers, increase land allocation and market information dissemination are require to improve productivity and profitability¬† of soybean farming in the region and Ethiopia at large.

 

Key Words: Soybean, Value chain, Benefit share, Profit share

DOI: https://ejesm.org/doi/v12i5.3

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