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  • NGOs report food improvement in Zimbabwe
    22 may 2003 22:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Local and international NGOs in Zimbabwe said Thursday the food situation in the country had improved owing to this year's good harvests, but noted aid would still be required. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earns $23m from tobacco sales
    22 may 2003 17:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A tobacco farming association in Zimbabwe said on Thursday the country earned 23 million US dollars from exports of the crop last month, mainly to European countries. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe loses cattle worth 300 million US dollars
    20 may 2003 14:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embattled white farmers say they have sold off more than a million head of cattle, worth over 250 billion Zimbabwean dollars (303 million US dollars) in the last three years because of the seizure of their farms by the government. Full text...

  • EU to fund genetic engineering research in Africa
    19 may 2003 14:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) is formulating a new policy for researchers in biotechnology and genetic engineering in food production after its push to have Africa's 14 million starving population fed on such foodstuffs was rejected by African leaders. Full text...

  • Plague takes toll on pigs in Burundi
    17 may 2003 17:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's Citiboke and Makamba provinces have lost hundreds of pigs in the last three weeks to a plague, according to veterinary sources. Full text...

  • Brussels withdraws contaminated fertilisers bound for Senegal
    14 may 2003 20:59:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgian authorities have ordered the withdrawal of 80,000 tons of fertilisers made from chicken droppings bound for Senegal, sources at the exporting company conceded Wednesday. Full text...

  • Maize production by Zimbabwe white farmers falls tenfold
    14 may 2003 20:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embattled white farmers said Wednesday that their production of the staple maize crop had fallen tenfold in the last two years to 80,000 tons this year, due to the government's controversial land policies. Full text...

  • Swazi minister urges balance in cash and food crop production
    13 may 2003 20:33:00
    Ezulwini- Swaziland (PANA) -- Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Stella Lukhele has advised Swazi sugarcane farmers to also consider growing food crops in order to avoid the kind of imbalance that led to the current food shortage in the kingdom. Full text...

  • Mauritian farmers demand compensation from government
    13 may 2003 20:30:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Farmers belonging to various Mauritian associations, Tuesday demanded financial compensation from the State before they could resume cultivation of their lands, citing the destruction caused by recent torrential rains in the country. Full text...

  • EU supports Mauritian irrigation project with 2 million Euro
    13 may 2003 19:03:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has disbursed two million Euro to boost irrigation schemes in northern Mauritius, an EU official said. Full text...

  • Evicted Zimbabwean white farmers get donor funding to relocate
    11 may 2003 16:56:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- White farmers evicted from their property in Zimbabwe to pave way for the resettlement of landless peasants are being funded by various international donor agencies to re-locate to neighbouring countries, their leader said Sunday. Full text...

  • Global warming to slash maize production in Africa
    09 may 2003 17:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- More than four decades ago, stiff porridge made from millet flour used to be the staple food for Matula Lusesa and his fellow Sukuma, a large ethnic group south of Lake Victoria in Tanzania. Full text...

  • Mali produced 60,000 tonnes of banana in 2002
    08 may 2003 20:49:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali produced some 60,000 tonnes of bananas in 2002, generating domestic incomes of about 18 billion CFA francs, the federation of associations of banana producers of Mali revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe records high cotton yield
    08 may 2003 17:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Cotton growers and merchants in Zimbabwe said Thursday that the crop's output had increased this year to 230,000 tons, up from the 195,000 tons produced in 2002, due to improved rains. Full text...

  • WFP pledges more food aid to Swaziland
    08 may 2003 14:57:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday pledged to continue providing food aid to over 250,000 starving families in Swaziland. Full text...

  • Foot-and-mouth breaks out in Malawi
    08 may 2003 13:20:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi government has effected a blanket ban on all meat movement from southern Malawi into other parts of the country following an outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease. Full text...

  • FAO warns of famine in 25 African countries
    08 may 2003 12:13:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has in a report called for more food aid and accelerated emergency food deliveries to Eritrea, Ethiopia and Mauritania to avert possible famine. Full text...

  • Famine threatens 500,000 people in the Sahel, WFP says
    07 may 2003 23:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Famine threatens 500,000 persons in the West African Sahelian region this year, the World Food Programme (WFP) executive director James Morris declared in Dakar Wednesday. Full text...

  • Farmers blame Mugabe's land scheme for dip in soybean production
    07 may 2003 16:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Farmers in Zimbabwe said Wednesday that soybean output this year would fall to 50,000 tonnes, from 75,000 tonnes last year owing to the government's controversial land policies. Full text...

  • Zambian farming company to step up vegetable exports
    07 may 2003 14:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's leading horticultural farming company, Agriflora, is to raise its agricultural exports, mainly to Europe, from the current level of 28 million US dollars annually to 50 million dollars by 2005, according to media reports on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS calls for common agriculture policy
    05 may 2003 21:31:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) depute executive secretary Dr Oluremi Arabisala on Monday called on development partners to help the sub-regional grouping fashion a comprehensive agricultural policy. Full text...

  • Kenya unable to meet AGOA coffee quota
    05 may 2003 20:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has express inability to export premium coffee to the US under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), citing a biting shortage of the commodity. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe nets Z$600m from tobacco sales
    05 may 2003 09:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco growers in Zimbabwe said on Monday the country had earned 598 million Zimdollars (about US$737,000) from sales of the crop since auctions started two weeks ago. Full text...

  • Mozambique approves new cotton prices
    03 may 2003 17:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's National Wages and Prices Commission has approved a new minimum producer first-grade cotton price of 3,800 meticais per kilo, up from the old price of 3,000 meticais. Full text...

  • FEWS NET warns of continuing food shortage in Mozambique
    01 may 2003 17:59:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) has cautioned the authorities against letting a good harvest in the productive northern region mask the severe famine in the southern provinces of Mozambique. Full text...

  • Lack of farm inputs cripples Tanzania's food basket
    30 april 2003 16:33:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The shortage of fertilisers and other farm inputs is troubling Tanzanian farmers, as a potential reduction in food production is foreseen this year due to dismal rainfall. Full text...

  • Passion fruit farming excites farmers in Kenyan district
    30 april 2003 08:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Buoyed by good market prices, maize farmers in Uasin Gishu, a northern Rift Valley district of Kenya, are turning to planting passion fruits, which they say are also cheaper to maintain. Full text...

  • Foot-and-mouth disease breaks out in western Uganda
    29 april 2003 08:19:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease has killed 45 heads of cattle in Uganda's western district of Hoima, the ministry of agriculture, animal industry and fisheries confirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe nets almost ZD300m from tobacco sales
    28 april 2003 23:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe netted 291 million Zimdollars (ZD) from tobacco sales in the first week of trading on the country's auction floors, industry officials said on Monday (1USD = 824 ZD) in Harare, the country's capital. Full text...

  • South African MPs in Zimbabwe to study land reforms
    28 april 2003 16:32:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A 10-member South African parliamentary team arrived in Zimbabwe Monday to study the Harare government's controversial land reforms that have sparked political and economic crises. Full text...

  • OADA chief visits Mauritania
    27 april 2003 19:13:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The director general of the Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development (OADA), Dr Salem Lewzi, is in Nouakchott to launch a training workshop for farmers, breeders and local professional organisations, sources said Sunday. Full text...

  • Zambian govt revives cattle rearing after ravages of diseases
    23 april 2003 17:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia, which over the past 10 years lost more than 500,000 head of cattle through unchecked contagious animal diseases, has begun a restocking exercise in the worst-hit areas of Southern Province. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe tobacco market opens with high prices
    23 april 2003 16:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's tobacco auctions opened on Wednesday with firm prices, pushed up by a high-quality crop and low expected output this year. Full text...

  • MSF reports worsening food situation in South Sudan
    23 april 2003 13:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The international medical aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Wednesday said that an alarming food situation was looming in Eat-Aweil County and Tonj County in the Bahr-el-Gazal area of southern Sudan. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe expects to boost tea production, earnings
    23 april 2003 12:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe Tea Growers Association (ZTGA) said Wednesday that production of the commodity could rise by up to seven percent this year, with commensurate increase in export earnings due to constrained production in some key growing countries. Full text...

  • AU offers Eritrea $200,000 in drought relief
    22 april 2003 15:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Commission of the African Union (AU) has granted drought-stricken Eritrea US$200,000 in assistance to ease the ravages of famine. Full text...

  • Experts discuss Africa's land reform policies
    22 april 2003 12:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An ad hoc expert group meeting opened here Tuesday seeking to specify linkages between land reform policies and sustainable rural livelihoods in Africa. Full text...

  • Foot-and-mouth disease still serious in Mozambique
    21 april 2003 18:33:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Veterinary authorities in Mozambique on Monday expressed serious concern about the spread of foot-and- mouth disease in the southern province of Gaza, saying they have launched a second vaccination campaign in the affected areas to curb the disease. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe seizes more farms from white owners
    18 april 2003 12:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- As Zimbabwe celebrated its independence day Friday, the government announced the seizure of more farms from embattled white farms and earmarked them for re-distribution to landless peasants. Full text...

  • France grants Guinea 5 million euro for agriculture
    18 april 2003 08:43:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The French Development Agency (AFD) has released 5 million euro (10 billion Guinean francs) in an agricultural grant to Guinea, state radio said here. Full text...

  • FAO assists 6,500 displaced Ivorian families
    17 april 2003 21:40:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is to assist some 6,500 Ivorian families displaced by the country's seven-month-old political crisis, sources close to the UN agency said Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritian NGO denounces measures encouraging tobacco growing
    17 april 2003 20:42:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Mauritian NGO called ViSa, which is engaged in the fight against tobacco use, denounced on Thursday the incentives recently heralded by the government in its 2003/2007 strategic plan for the development of the non-sugar sector. Full text...

  • Sacked deputy minister faces forgery charges in Zambia
    17 april 2003 09:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Sacked Zambian deputy information minister John Mwaimba has been arrested and charged with forgery of title deeds for a house, police spokesperson, Brenda Muntemba confirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe marks 'real' independence with land reform
    15 april 2003 18:27:00
    Goromonzi- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe marks 23 years of political independence on Friday but for John Nyamwendo, real freedom only came last year with the controversial seizure of farms from whites to resettle landless blacks. Full text...

  • Kenyans adopt biotechnology in crop production
    14 april 2003 16:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Biotechnology has helped to improve agricultural production in Kenya by encouraging farmers to use clean planting materials, a leading research scientist said here Monday. Full text...

  • Bad Politics, Poor Tech Stir Africa's Food Crisis
    14 april 2003 16:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lack of technological know-how and bad politics contribute to the high levels of food insecurity in Africa, experts noted Monday at a pan-African congress on food security, trade and sustainable development in Nairobi. Full text...

  • World Vision warns of more food insecurity in Zimbabwe
    14 april 2003 10:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe, one of six southern African countries stricken by drought last year, will continue to face food shortages due to low crop production in the current farming season, World Vision International warned here Monday. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau needs 39,000 tons of food to tackle shortage
    13 april 2003 18:06:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau needs some 39,000 tons of food to address a current shortage, sources at the Agriculture ministry said Sunday. Full text...

  • WFP extends emergency food operation in Ethiopia
    11 april 2003 16:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) Friday appealed for US$205 million to provide relief food to millions of drought-affected people in Ethiopia for another year. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso to launch 2003-2004 cotton season
    11 april 2003 11:03:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe Textile Company (SOFITEX) has begun visiting cotton-producing regions of the country in preparation for the 2003-2004 cotton farming season, during which it hopes to produce 500,000 tonnes. Full text...

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