|Soybean contains approximately 40% protein, 20% oil and 34% carbohydrate. It is an economically important crop because of its versatile use for production of cooking oil, human food, stockfeed and other industrial products. Chinese and others in Asia have used soybean as food for thousands of years.
However it is only recent that soybean has found its way into the human diet in USA, Europe and Africa providing the much needed cholesterol free protein and oil.
Soybean is grown in rotation with cereal crops (e.g. wheat and maize). It, therefore, plays a vital role in the farming systems and sustainability of agricultural production.
Soybean was introduced in Zambia in the 1930s, but remained a minor crop grown mostly by the commercial farmers. The crop is now grown by both small and large scale fanners.
Soybeans are adapted to regions II and III of Zambia and will grow well wherever maize grows.
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