Assessment of farmers’ utilization of Soy food in Buno Bedele and Ilu Ababora zones of Southwestern Ethiopia

Assessment of farmers’ utilization of Soy food in Buno Bedele and Ilu Ababora zones of Southwestern Ethiopia

Samuel Diro1, Beza Erko1, Efrem Asfaw1 and Misganaw Anteneh1

1 Agricultural economics research process, Jimma Agricultural research center

American Journal of Agricultural Research

The main objective of this study was to assess utilization of soybean based foods in Chawaka, Bedele and Darimu districts of southwestern Ethiopia. Primary data for the study was collected from 185 smallholder farmers of the districts. Descriptive, inferential and econometric models were used to analyze the data. Socio economic factors affecting utilization of soy food was identified using binary logistic model.
The descriptive result of the study showed 62% of respondents use soy food at home. Concomitantly, 93.3% of female headed households use soy food. The study also pointed out only 32% of survey respondents got training on soybean food preparation. Out of the total respondents who got the training, 95.6% of them use soy food at home. Bureau of agriculture and natural resource management, Research centers and NGOs were organizations provided training on soybean food preparation. This enhanced farmers to use soy based foods such as soy milk, Dabo, Kolo and Shiro which are common on the study areas. The econometric result of the study showed that women headed households highly and significantly consume soybean food at home than male headed households. On other hands, both training on soybean food preparation and soybean production affect soy food consumption at home positively and significantly. Based on the findings, the study recommends concerning bodies including media, rural extension workers and NGOs to emphasize on creating awareness regarding nutritional importance of soybean so that production, consumption, processing and marketing of soybean will be promoted.

Keywords:  Dabo, Kolo, Shiro, Soy food, Soy milk

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Samuel Diro, Beza Erko, Efrem Asfaw and Misganaw Anteneh.Assessment of farmers’ utilization of Soy food in Buno Bedele and Ilu Ababora zones of Southwestern Ethiopia. American Journal of Agricultural Research, 2018,3:22.

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