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NoduMax Inoculant for Soybeans

Advanced Soybean Inoculation Solution for Sustainable Agriculture

This technology is a solid inoculant, which contains the industry-standard strain USDA 110 and includes a gum Arabic adhesive and user instructions. It is packed in 100 g packets sufficient for 10 to 15 kg soybean seed.

This technology is TAAT1 validated.


Scaling readiness: idea maturity 7/9; level of use 7/9

Cost: $$$ 3.20 USD

For the purchase of 100g

ROI: $$$ 1 USD

Profit per unit for retailers

150,000 USD

To build the NoduMax factory

120,000 USD

To equip the NoduMax factory




  • Poor Root Nodulation and Low Biological Nitrogen Fixation (BNF) in Soybeans: In many instances, soybean crops suffer from inadequate root nodulation, leading to suboptimal levels of biological nitrogen fixation (BNF). This results in reduced plant growth, lower yields, and increased reliance on nitrogen fertilizers, which are costly and environmentally impactful.
  • Lack of Quality Inoculant in the Market: Farmers often face challenges in obtaining high-quality inoculants for soybean cultivation. The lack of standardized strains and rigorous quality testing in available products can compromise the effectiveness of inoculation, impacting overall crop performance.
  • Limited Access to Affordable Inoculants in African Countries: In many African countries, farmers may face difficulties accessing affordable inoculants for soybean cultivation. The limited availability of cost-effective options hinders widespread adoption of inoculation practices, limiting the potential benefits for soybean farmers.
  • Complex Application Procedures: Farmers may find the application of inoculants to soybean seeds to be a complex and cumbersome process. Difficulty in following instructions and achieving a uniform distribution of the inoculant can lead to suboptimal results.
  • Lack of Protein Sufficiency and Soil Fertility in Soybean Production: Insufficient protein availability and poor soil fertility are challenges in soybean production, impacting both crop yield and nutritional outcomes for farming communities.
  • Clumping in Alternative Inoculation Methods: Alternative methods of inoculation may lead to clumping, affecting the uniform distribution of the inoculant on soybean seeds. Clumping can result in uneven nodulation and compromised effectiveness.


  • Ensures the presence of symbiotic rhizobium bacteria, improving root nodulation and promoting high rates of BNF. This eliminates the need for costly nitrogen fertilizers.
  • Contains the industry-standard strain USDA 110 and undergoes rigorous testing for quality, ensuring at least 1 billion live cells per gram. It is produced by the IITA Business Incubation Platform (BIP) in Ibadan, Nigeria, providing a reliable and high-quality inoculant product.
  • Provides user-friendly instructions and offers a two-step application method, ensuring a uniform distribution on soybean seeds. This simplifies the inoculation process for farmers.
  • Investing in soybean production, including the use of NoduMax, generates income for farmers, contributes to import substitution, enhances the nutritional status of farming families, and improves soil fertility through biological nitrogen fixation.
  • NoduMax recommends the two-step method to prevent clumping, ensuring the fine brown powder is uniformly distributed on seeds for optimal effectiveness.

Key points to design your business plan

For Manufacturer

Producing NoduMax technology offers a cost-effective and sustainable solution to numerous farmers, empowering diverse farming communities and contributing to improved health and wellbeing globally.

In order to efficiently produce the input, you need to identify reliable suppliers for manufacturing machines and obtaining the necessary raw materials. The NoduMax factory at the IITA BIP cost about $150,000 to build, and another $120,000 to equip. The factory has the capacity to produce 16 tons of product per year worth over $500,000.

Your potential customers are : wholesale distributors of input to retailers, and to development projects, government agencies, and NGOs. 

Building strong partnerships with wholesale distributor networks is key to the success of your business.


For Resellers

Selling NoduMax not only provides a valuable product but also fosters closer engagement with users while simultaneously enhancing health and wellbeing on a global scale.

To successfully navigate this market, you need to know where to source NoduMax in bulk, identify efficient transportation methods, and explore suitable storage facilities 

Your potential customer base is: small, local retailers, development projects, producers, and producer cooperatives or associations.


For Users

Using NoduMax, ensures cost-effective and sustainable farming, boosting yields and soil health while reducing reliance on expensive fertilizers. This promotes economic benefits and contributes to efficient, environmentally-friendly agriculture.

As key partners you need sellers of  NoduMax.

The cost structure, one Kg price of NoduMax, is set at USD3-3,2. 

You need to estimate the profit realized with the use of the the product


Positive or neutral impact

Adults 18 and over
Positive high
The poor
Positive medium
Under 18
Positive medium
Positive medium

Positive or neutral impact

Climate adaptability
It adapts really well
Adaptability for farmers
It helps a lot
It helps them grow and thrive
Carbon footprint
It reduces emissions a lot
It makes a big difference
Soil quality
It makes the soil healthier and more fertile
Water usage
It uses a lot less water

Countries with a green colour
Tested & adopted
Countries with a bright green colour
Countries with a yellow colour
Egypt Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia Algeria Angola Benin Botswana Burundi Burkina Faso Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti Côte d’Ivoire Eritrea Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Cameroon Kenya Libya Liberia Madagascar Mali Malawi Morocco Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Republic of the Congo Rwanda Zambia Senegal Sierra Leone Zimbabwe Somalia South Sudan Sudan South Africa Eswatini Tanzania Togo Tunisia Chad Uganda Western Sahara Central African Republic Lesotho
Countries where the technology has been tested and adopted
Country Tested Adopted
Benin Not tested Adopted
Ghana Not tested Adopted
Mozambique Not tested Adopted
Nigeria Not tested Adopted
Togo Not tested Adopted

This technology can be used in the colored agro-ecological zones. Any zones shown in white are not suitable for this technology.

Agro-ecological zones where this technology can be used
AEZ Subtropic - warm Subtropic - cool Tropic - warm Tropic - cool

Source: HarvestChoice/IFPRI 2009

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that are applicable to this technology.

Sustainable Development Goal 2: zero hunger
Goal 2: zero hunger
Sustainable Development Goal 3: good health and well-being
Goal 3: good health and well-being
Sustainable Development Goal 5: gender equality
Goal 5: gender equality
Sustainable Development Goal 8: decent work and economic growth
Goal 8: decent work and economic growth
Sustainable Development Goal 12: responsible production and consumption
Goal 12: responsible production and consumption
Sustainable Development Goal 13: climate action
Goal 13: climate action

  1. Preparation of Adhesive Solution: Dissolve the gum Arabic adhesive in clean, hot water.

  2. Coating Soybean Seeds: Apply the adhesive solution to 10 to 15 kg of soybean seeds, ensuring an even coating on the seed exterior.

  3. Inoculation with NoduMax: Add the inoculant to the adhesive-coated seeds. Mix until the inoculant appears as a fine brown powder, uniformly distributed on the seeds.

  4. Planting Seeds: Plant the inoculated seeds shortly after application, ensuring they are protected from direct sunlight.

Last updated on 15 July 2024