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  • Chissano urges African self-reliance in agricultural production
    02 july 2003 10:28:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- President Joachim Chissano Wednesday urged African countries to prioritise investments in agriculture by relying more on their own resources rather than waiting for donors to address local problems. Full text...

  • Grain harvest increases in Mozambique despite drought
    01 july 2003 20:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Despite drought and cyclones, Mozambique's grain harvest increased by about 2. Full text...

  • Kick-start agriculture to end food crisis in Africa
    01 july 2003 12:53:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Renewed commitment of each African country is urgently needed to kick-start the agriculture industry and end repeated high-profile famines on the continent, African agricultural experts gathered here were told on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Organised agriculture recruits global expertise
    01 july 2003 08:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Following the praise heaped on white farmers by President Thabo Mbeki in Parliament as being models of reconciliation in healing the rift between blacks and whites, Landbank Chief Executive Monwabisi Fandeso on Monday said South African farmers had the ability to become globally competitive. Full text...

  • UN agencies urge 'agricultural response' to HIV/AIDS in Africa
    30 june 2003 21:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Agricultural institutions "urgently" need to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, ravaging rural areas in developing countries and jeopardising the human right to food of millions of people, officials of two UN agencies have said here. Full text...

  • African farmers want access to Biotechnology
    29 june 2003 14:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- African farmers want access to biotechnology and they want it now, according to African educators, scientists and farmers currently participating on a panel at the Biotechnology Industry Organisation's annual convention in Washington, D. Full text...

  • US blames Zambia of misleading others on GM foods
    27 june 2003 16:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- US President George W. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt seizes more farms from whites
    27 june 2003 14:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Friday listed over 50 farms owned by white farmers for compulsory acquisition for resettlement under its controversial agrarian reforms, which have stirred political and economic turmoil in the southern African country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe nets 18 million US from tobacco in May
    26 june 2003 18:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe earned 18 million US dollars in May from exports of processed flue cured tobacco, an industry group said on Thursday here. Full text...

  • Consumers International pinpoints bad effects of GMOs
    26 june 2003 15:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Consumers International (CI) has pinpointed inequalities, environmental damage and possible health hazards that result from genetically modified (GM) agriculture. Full text...

  • Swazi farmers bask in better maize prices
    26 june 2003 12:17:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi commercial and subsistence farmers are recording huge profits as companies dealing in maize products pay them better prices than their South African counterparts. Full text...

  • Sisal cultivation re-launched in Mozambique
    24 june 2003 19:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- After a decade in crisis, the cultivation of sisal in Mozambique is being revived, thanks to recent rise in prices and a demand for the product on the world market. Full text...

  • Coffee production plummets in Burundi
    23 june 2003 21:24:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Coffee production in Burundi this year is not expected to exceed 12,000 tonnes, as against 36,000 tonnes last season, according to sources at the ministry of Agriculture. Full text...

  • Australia props WFP emergency operation in Ethiopia
    21 june 2003 09:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Australia has made a 806,000 dollar cash contribution to the World Food Programme (WFP) emergency food aid for people affected by drought in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Oxfam officials to visit Zambia in July
    20 june 2003 14:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Two Oxfam officials are to pay a 10-day visit to Zambia in July to hold consultations with farmers most affected by the "rigged rules" of international trade in cash crops, including cotton, which is now the subject of a global "Trade Fair" campaign. Full text...

  • Malaysian bank to finance Zimbabwe's irrigation project
    19 june 2003 17:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Malaysian bank has agreed to invest 50 million US dollars in a major irrigation and water development project in Zimbabwe, an official pioneering the scheme told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Milk production in Zimbabwe falls
    19 june 2003 13:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Milk production in Zimbabwe has fallen by almost half in the last two years because of the country's controversial land reforms and a slide in the economy, farmers said Thursday here. Full text...

  • Cotton production slumps 16% in Benin
    18 june 2003 20:53:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Cotton production in Benin dropped by 16 percent during the 2002-2003 farming season due to low rainfall and a dip in prices on the international market, sources disclosed here. Full text...

  • 20,000 Gambian farmers benefit from US seed project
    18 june 2003 20:09:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Some 20,000 vulnerable Gambian farming households would benefit from an emergency seed intervention funding worth $300,000 from USAID, the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) said here Wednesday in a release. Full text...

  • Kenya vaccinates small ruminants in northern district
    18 june 2003 11:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Department of Veterinary services in Kenya's northern district of Wajir has launched a vaccination campaign to combat sheep and goat pox, a disease that has so far claimed 20 goats in the area. Full text...

  • Congolese officials take stock of FAO aid in 2002
    18 june 2003 10:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) provided Congo aid worth 3,613,812 dollars during the 2002 farming season targeting 23 projects in the urban and rural areas alike, official sources indicated here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • When will Ethiopia stop living on charity?
    17 june 2003 11:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- While technology has led industrial nations to search for signs of life on Mars, not much of it has trickled down to make life easy in Africa. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe cattle company unveils big re-stocking plans
    16 june 2003 17:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean state-owned meat processing company has announced an ambitious 10 billion Zimbabwean Dollar plan to re-build the country's cattle herd, depleted by drought and controversial government land policies. Full text...

  • Tobacco prices surge at Zimbabwe auction
    16 june 2003 17:22:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco prices on Zimbabwe's auction floors surged Monday, reaching a seasonal high of 2. Full text...

  • Mysterious outbreak decimates livestock in Comoros
    14 june 2003 16:03:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- An unidentified animal disease in Grand Comoros has killed about a thousand cows in the island, veterinary sources indicated Saturday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean tea firm exploring investment in Mozambique
    13 june 2003 13:33:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean company said Friday it was exploring investment avenues in tea production in Mozambique, the latest in a drive by businesses from the southern African country seeking offshore investment to escape the economic crunch at home. Full text...

  • Thousands of children die in Ethiopian drought
    13 june 2003 11:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- "We believe tens of thousands of children have died in southern Ethiopia," UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Carolyn M. Full text...

  • Experts recommend modernised farming to develop Africa
    13 june 2003 11:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African governments should embark on agriculture modernisation as a top priority for achieving socio-economic development and poverty reduction, experts have recommended at the end of a three-day group meeting here. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe cotton entity to acquire second Mozambican firm
    12 june 2003 17:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's biggest cotton processing company said Thursday it was acquiring a similar firm in Mozambique to expand its existing investments in the country. Full text...

  • Southern Africa needs aid despite higher food production
    12 june 2003 16:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Substantial food is still required in Southern Africa despite the fact that more food was produced in the region than during last year's severe food crisis, according to a joint report released by two UN agencies Thursday. Full text...

  • Africa needs to adapt new technologies in agriculture
    11 june 2003 13:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Time ticks away and the poor peasants across the African continent carry on with their daily struggle for survival. Full text...

  • UN deputy emergency relief coordinator to visit Ethiopia
    10 june 2003 16:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Carolyn M. Full text...

  • Malawi records deficit in maize harvest
    10 june 2003 10:56:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Harvest estimates for 2002/2003 in Malawi -- still reeling from a devastating food shortage -- will this year record a 38,000-tonne deficit in the staple food, maize, while production in other crops have increased significantly. Full text...

  • OECD foresees rise in Africa's agricultural yield
    06 june 2003 21:32:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Agricultural production in Africa has been projected to increase between 2003 and 2008, according to a report of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued in Paris. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe takes more farms from whites
    06 june 2003 20:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Friday listed more than 50 new commercial farms owned by mainly white farmers for compulsory acquisition for resettlement. Full text...

  • G-8 undecided over support to African agriculture
    03 june 2003 23:36:00
    Evian- France (PANA) -- The world's eight most industrialised countries (G8) Tuesday ended their summit in Evian, south-eastern France, without reaching an agreement on support to Africa's agricultural sector. Full text...

  • Kenya govt moves to revamp coffee sector
    03 june 2003 15:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The government has named an 8-member taskforce to review Kenya's Coffee Act, Agriculture and Livestock Development minister Kipruto Kirwa affirmed here Tuesday, saying the move falls within efforts at revamping the coffee sector. Full text...

  • Epizootic disease kills 120 animals in Guinea-Bissau
    03 june 2003 15:49:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- An anthrax epizootic outbreak has killed 120 head of cattle within three weeks in Bissora, Mansoa, and Massaba, northern localities of Guinea-Bissau, state radio reported here. Full text...

  • Zambia anticipates bumper maize harvest
    03 june 2003 13:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia, which recorded a deficit of 630,000 metric tons of food last year is expected to harvest more than a million metric tons of maize this year, with the possibly of exporting part of the bumper harvest. Full text...

  • Expert suggests ways to achieve food sufficiency in Nigeria
    02 june 2003 12:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An agriculture expert, Israel Adu, has advised the Nigerian government to urgently and decisively intervene in efforts to reverse the perennial food shortage in the country. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau gets US$4.4 million loan from Kuwaiti Fund
    31 may 2003 17:17:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Kuwait's Economic Development Fund is providing a US$4. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe government seizes more farms from whites
    30 may 2003 22:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government Friday listed more than 50 commercial farms belonging mainly to white farmers for compulsory acquisition under its controversial land policy. Full text...

  • WFP intercedes for Africa at G-8 meet
    30 may 2003 20:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has elaborated a four-point memorandum on the plight of sub-Saharan Africa for consideration at the G8 summit holding this weekend in Evian, France. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's tobacco sales picking up
    30 may 2003 18:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean tobacco merchants said Friday that the volume of the crop delivered to auction houses by farmers had increased, with the country earning 13. Full text...

  • Algeria donates 1,000 tonnes of rice to Swaziland
    30 may 2003 13:03:00
    Matsapha- Swaziland (PANA) -- Earthquake-troubled Algeria Friday donated over 1,000 tonnes of rice as food aid to the growing number of people desperately in need of food in rural Swaziland. Full text...

  • Mozambique's grain production grows despite drought
    28 may 2003 21:53:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican agricultural authorities have reported a two percent growth in grain production in the country for the 2002/2003 agricultural campaign despite a severe drought across the southern and parts of the central provinces, the "Noticias" daily reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe, Angola sign cooperation agreement on agriculture
    28 may 2003 20:52:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe and Angola Wednesday signed a cooperation agreement with a view to propping Luanda's efforts at reviving its war-shattered agricultural industry. Full text...

  • Modified potato farming benefits Maasai in Kenya
    28 may 2003 12:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of Maasai farmers in Kenya are benefiting from a new potato variety tht was developed by the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute's National Potato Research Centre (NPRC). Full text...

  • Africa needs $251 billion for full-scale agriculture
    28 may 2003 08:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The FAO representative in Senegal, Edouard Tapsoba has emphasised the need for a $251-billion investment to implement the 2002-2005 detailed programme for the comprehensive development of agriculture in Africa. Full text...

  • Wheat production falls in Zimbabwe
    27 may 2003 21:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embattled white farmers said on Tuesday that wheat production, which they dominated, would slump to under 100,000 tonnes this year from an annual average output of 300,000 tonnes after most commercial growers were driven off their farms by the government. Full text...

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