Notes to broadcasters
This script is about how small-scale farmers should harvest soybean, including threshing, sorting, and grading it. The script also presents ways of avoiding losses throughout the whole process and how farmers can add value and prepare soybean recipes.
The script is based on interviews experts on soybean from Community Markets for Conservation and two farmers involved in cultivating soybean. Some of the interviews were done on location while others were by phone.
Almost suddenly, soybean has become an important crop for most households in the rural areas of eastern Zambia. In comparison to other crops that many small-scale farmers grow, soybean has excellent nutritional value. Demand on both the local and international market is very high and it fetches very good prices.
You might choose to present this script as part of your regular farmer program, using voice actors to represent the speakers. If so, please make sure to tell your audience at the beginning of the program that the voices are those of actors, not the original people involved in the interviews.
You could also use this script as a foundation for creating your own program on post-harvest activities, including processing, for soybeans.
You could interview small-scale farmers, extension workers, and soybean experts from government, NGOs, and industry. You could ask them:
- What are the main causes of post-harvest loss in soybeans in this area?
- What steps can farmers and consumers take to address those risks?
Estimated running time for the script: 20 minutes, with intro and outro music
In this program, we shall deal with soybean harvesting. from the point when the crop is removed from the field, as well as drying, threshing the beans, winnowing, and grading the soybeans up to the point of sale.
I am sure that this content will be important to all players in the soybean value chain.
I was lucky that such a crop forecasting meeting was being held in preparation for the harvesting and marketing of soybeans. I was even luckier in that I was able to speak with Mr. Kenneth Linyunga, an agronomist of long experience, to share with us how farmers should properly harvest their soybean.
Mr. Kenneth Linyunga, in your opinion, why are small-scale farmers being encouraged to grow this crop?
But, excuse me, we have some farmers attending this meeting. So allow me to call one or two because they can explain these activities better.
But remember that, on top of that, it will also leave a lot of nitrogen in the field if you follow recommended harvesting methods. If you grow maize after soybean in a rotation, your maize will benefit. So the onus is on you farmers to take up this important crop and grow it every season. It will never let you down.
From Breeze FM, my name is Filius Chalo Jere, otherwise known as the Farmers’ friend, signing off until next time.
Contributed by: Filius Chalo Jere, Producer, Farming is a Business, Breeze FM, Chipata, Zambia
Reviewed by: Kenneth Linyunga, Provincial Extension Manager, Community Markets for Conservation, Chipata
Kenneth Linyunga, Provincial Extension Manager, Community Markets for Conservation, Chipata, 28 April 2021
Nemiah Tembo, Conservation Manager, Community Markets for Conservation, 26 April 2021
Rosa Katanga, Organic and Community Development Specialist, Community Markets for Conservation, 27 April 2021,
David Sakala, Quality Control Manager, Community Markets for Conservation, 27 April 2021,
Chisenga Shula, Production Manager, Community Markets for Conservation, 26 April 2021
Kenneth Mushanga, Lead Farmer, Chithadza Village, Chipata, 28 April 2021
Thokozile Khumalo, Lead Farmer, Lopo Village, Chipata. 28 April 2021