Soybean is a legume plant suited to soils with a relatively high clay content, as they do not do very well on weak sands. They are also very sensitive to soil acidity. Soybean requires reliable rainfall, particularly from flowering to pod maturity. It’s a good crop to grow in rotation with cereals
Soybean production in Uganda has been steadily growing. However, production had come to a standstill because of the outbreak of soybean leaf rust disease which was devastating soybean crops throughout the country. The Soybean Breeding and Seed Systems Program with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries - Vegetable Oil Development Project (MAAIF - VODP), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Regional Universities Forum for Agricultural Development (RUFORUM) successfully bred, developed and released improved high yielding, early maturing and rust resistant soybean varieties between 2004 and 2013.