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  • Zimbabwe seizes record number of farms from whites
    19 june 2004 10:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a move that virtually signalled the end of white commercial farming in Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe's government on Saturday announced the seizure of a record number of farms for resettlement. Full text...

  • Africa, Brazil press removal of US cotton subsidy
    18 june 2004 22:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Developing countries seeking the removal of US cotton subsidies were on Friday eagerly awaiting a decision by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the matter. Full text...

  • COMESA region's food security improves, says expert
    18 june 2004 15:13:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Food availability levels in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region have gone up since the farming 2003/04 season, with a food surplus of 550,000 metric tons recorded, according to COMESA agricultural economist, Shamseldin Salim. Full text...

  • FAO sees agriculture as linchpin in fight against hunger, poverty
    17 june 2004 12:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Food Organisation (FAO) has warned that unless substantial support was given efforts to boost rural incomes and agricultural productivity, it would be difficult and perhaps impossible for ACP countries to meet the global objective of halving hunger by 2015. Full text...

  • Morocco reports 48% increase in cereal production
    16 june 2004 22:04:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Some 15. Full text...

  • Mauritania parliament passes animal breeding bill
    16 june 2004 11:12:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's parliament has adopted a bill to regulate animal breeding in the country, official sources told PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe says won't nationalise all land
    15 june 2004 12:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has said that it would not nationalise all land in the country, contrary to statements issued earlier that all land had been grabbed under the government's controversial land policies to belong to the state. Full text...

  • Water hyacinth forces Kenyan fishermen into farming
    14 june 2004 19:39:00
    Kusa- Kenya (PANA) -- A devastating water hyacinth menace in Lake Victoria has forced many fishermen in Kenya's western mini-town of Kusa to turn to farming and small-scale food processing to earn a living. Full text...

  • Kenya vouches for Genetically Modified products
    14 june 2004 10:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities Monday re-affirmed their commitment to supporting the country's scientists in conducting research on all aspects of biologically and genetically modified products and plants aimed at combating famine in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt seizes more farms from whites
    11 june 2004 20:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government listed an additional 354 white-owned farms Friday for compulsory acquisition for resettlement of landless blacks under its controversial land reforms. Full text...

  • Mozambique to brand cattle against diseases
    11 june 2004 18:40:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's National Livestock Directorate is preparing to brand cattle throughout the country as a means to control the movement of the animals and improve the management of epidemics. Full text...

  • Mozambican grain production increases
    11 june 2004 17:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's total grain production increased from 1. Full text...

  • NGO sees market in Middle East for East African goats
    09 june 2004 20:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Farm Africa, an agro-based international NGO has urged East African Governments to explore market outlets in the Middle East for small ruminants, as part of their efforts at alleviating poverty among pastoralist communities. Full text...

  • IFAD supports sheep improvement project in Kenya
    09 june 2004 14:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has embarked on a three-year programme aimed at educating and equipping Kenyan farmers with livestock improvement skills. Full text...

  • African experts plan meeting on GMO in Ouagadougou
    09 june 2004 10:07:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The presidents of of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Mali will co-chair a regional ministerial conference on agricultural sciences and technologies in Africa, scheduled 21-23 June in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Gambian farmers cry out for groundnut seeds
    08 june 2004 22:50:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Farmers in the Gambia appealed to the government Tuesday for groundnut seeds, as the first rains fell to signal the start of the new farming season in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe imports tractors from Asia
    08 june 2004 20:52:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe received 300 tractors from China Tuesday, and agriculture officials said additional farm machinery were being expected from Iran and Malaysia to boost the Harare government's land reforms. Full text...

  • FAO supports farmers in Sudan's restive Nuba Mountains
    08 june 2004 20:09:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- In an effort to revamp farming in the area, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has supplied seeds, tools and construction materials to some 150,000 people in Sudan's troubled Nuba Mountains region. Full text...

  • Farm Africa urges East Africa to seek goat export markets
    08 june 2004 08:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An agricultural based international NGO Tuesday called on East African governments to exploit the region's vast market for goats and their products to export to the Middle East as a way of alleviating poverty among pastoralist communities. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe nets 44 million US dollars from tobacco
    07 june 2004 20:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco merchants in Zimbabwe said Monday the country had earned 44. Full text...

  • Mismanagement causes Kenya's food insecurity
    07 june 2004 09:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan agricultural scientists Monday claimed that the country was faced with food insecurity due to poor management of the country's agricultural concerns and parastatals by non-professionals. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt seizes more farms from whites
    04 june 2004 16:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Friday listed 354 white-owned farms for compulsory acquisition under its land reforms that have sparked controversy around the world. Full text...

  • Govt psurs farmers in Niger to grow more cotton
    03 june 2004 23:14:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The government in Niger has given cotton farmers throughout the country 1,500 tons of seeds to help them boost production, agricultural development minister Abari Maï Moussa disclosed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mozambique issues new cotton prices
    02 june 2004 18:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's National Prices and Wages Commission Wednesday published new prices of raw cotton for the harvest season beginning this week. Full text...

  • Zambia ready to yield second successive bumper harvest
    02 june 2004 16:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia is forecasting a maize bumper crop for the second successive season, with the possibility of being able to export some of it to the region as happened last year, Zambian Agriculture Minister Mundia Sikatana said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burundi records rise in coffee production
    28 may 2004 13:23:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Coffee production in Burundi is expected to reach about 35,000 marketable tons in 2004, a spectacular rise over 7,000 tons harvested in 2003, Barthelemy Niyikiza, director general of the national coffee office has said. Full text...

  • Civil war stifles Ivorian rice production
    27 may 2004 21:52:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The civil war in Côte d'Ivoire has adversely affected rice production in the country, according Kanayo Nwanze, Managing Director of the Abidjan-based Africa Rice Centre (WARDA). Full text...

  • Zimbabwean white farmer kills black settler
    27 may 2004 20:32:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean white farmer, angered by the acquisition of part of his farm by the government, allegedly shot and killed a black farmer resettled on the property, police said Thursday. Full text...

  • Morocco to resume dairy cattle imports in October
    27 may 2004 10:18:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco said it would resume its dairy cattle imports starting in October 2004, official sources have said in Rabat, the country's capital. Full text...

  • Zambia to showcase mining potential at Copperbelt show
    26 may 2004 15:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's mining potential goes on public display Thursday when the long awaited Copperbelt Mining, Agricultural and Commercial Show opens its doors to both visiting investors and thrill seekers. Full text...

  • Mozambique targets 2 million tons of grain, vegetables
    24 may 2004 17:42:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique plans to harvest more than two million tons of crops this year, according to the National Agricultural Development Programme (PROAGRI). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe forecasts increased horticulture exports
    23 may 2004 20:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Horticultural producers in Zimbabwe said Sunday the country would increase export earnings this year by 400 percent to 120 billion Zimdollars (ZD 5,300 = 1 USD) due to high demand on international markets. Full text...

  • Kenya govt moves to rekindle interest in cotton farming
    23 may 2004 10:27:00
    Lamu- Kenya (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of waning interest in cotton farming in especially the coastal town of Lamu, the government of Kenya has indicated moves to encourage disgruntled growers. Full text...

  • Locusts threat northern Niger
    22 may 2004 20:14:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The situation remains worrying in Niger where desert locusts are present throughout the north on areas from 700 ha to 2,500 ha, said the Regional Agro-Meteorological Centre (AGRHYMET) in its latest report. Full text...

  • Obasanjo canvasses more support for Zimbabwean farmers
    21 may 2004 11:00:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has continued to canvass the support of his compatriots for the Zimbabwean farmers who have indicated their intention to invest in the Nigeria agricultural sector. Full text...

  • No fowl allergies in Libya's poultry farm project - Centre
    20 may 2004 18:00:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's Technical Centre for Animal Health has denied the existence of any diseases related to "bird allergies" at a state-owned chicken farming project in Libya. Full text...

  • US$18 million programme to boost agric in Volta Basin
    19 may 2004 19:20:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Agricultural activities around the Volta River Basin straddling five West African countries received a major boost Tuesday with the launch of an 18-million US-dollar Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research Challenge (CGIAR) Programme on Water and Food in the area. Full text...

  • South Africa contains African Horse Sickness
    18 may 2004 21:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Department of Agriculture in South Africa Tuesday said the quarantine imposed due to the outbreak of African Horse Sickness in the Western Cape has been lifted in the Stellenbosch and Somerset West Magisterial Districts. Full text...

  • AGOA III: Mauritian PM pleads for Africa
    18 may 2004 15:16:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Paul Berenger said he pleaded for favourable terms of trade for Africa during his meeting with US President George W. Full text...

  • Govt promotes mass growing of Macadamia in Rwanda
    17 may 2004 21:54:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Rwandan government will on Tuesday launch a massive campaign to grow macadamia, an export fruit product highly valued on the international market, sources from the Rwandan agriculture, cattle-breeding and forestry ministry said here Monday. Full text...

  • SADC adopts plan to stymie hunger, food insecurity
    15 may 2004 16:00:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) adopted a declaration here Saturday to accelerate the development of agriculture and food security in the region, stressing the resolution was taken as a matter of urgency. Full text...

  • SADC leaders mull strategies against chronic hunger
    15 may 2004 10:34:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- An extra-ordinary summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) opened in Dar es Salaam Saturday on efforts to stem hunger and chronic food insecurity in the region. Full text...

  • Mali Sets Up Food Security Commission
    13 may 2004 15:13:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Resolved to place food security at the heart of the government's priorities, Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure has created a Food Security Commission, an official source has revealed. Full text...

  • Experts control locust menace in Algeria
    13 may 2004 13:54:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The interdepartmental locust control committee in Algeria has confirmed controlling the locust threat that hit the country recently, without loss in crops or poisoning of animals. Full text...

  • Morocco anticipates bumper cereal harvest
    13 may 2004 13:43:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Agriculture Minister Mohand Laenser has announced that Morocco projects a record cereal production of 81 million quintals during the 2003-2004 crop season, a four percent increase over the previous year. Full text...

  • Niger food situation improves
    12 may 2004 13:52:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The food situation in Niger has improved with some 3. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe boasts producing sufficient food
    12 may 2004 07:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Agriculture Minister Joseph Made said Wednesday that Zimbabwe produced enough food this year so much that it has informed international donors that it required no food aid. Full text...

  • Zuma to attend SADC food security summit
    11 may 2004 17:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy president Jacob Zuma will represent South Africa at the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) extra-ordinary Summit on Agriculture and Food Security slated for 14-15 May in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Full text...

  • WFP funds food-for-work programme in Mozambique
    10 may 2004 17:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique and the World Food Programme (WFP) Monday in Maputo signed a food-for-work programme estimated at two million US dollars to assist rural communities over five years. Full text...

  • FAO spurs global rice production
    09 may 2004 10:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a global photography contest to highlight the importance of rice as a staple food crop and a symbol of cultural and global identity, according to a release by the UN agency. Full text...

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