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  • Tunisia doubles olive oil output this season
    01 march 2003 13:45:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia produced about 70,000 tonnes of olive oil during the 2002/2003 or more than double the level of the previous harvest, says an official report released here. Full text...

  • American company stakes on Ethiopian agriculture
    28 february 2003 12:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An American outfit, the Food Development Corporation (FDC), is in negotiations with Ethiopian agriculture and trade officials with a view to investing more than US$235 million in farm development projects, FDC chair Henry H. Full text...

  • Libya, FAO sign food security projects in Africa
    27 february 2003 19:21:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Libya and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation have signed two agreements for Libya to finance agricultural projects costing more than US$21 million in Sahelian and Saharan countries. Full text...

  • UN official warns of improper land use
    27 february 2003 13:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- About 40 billion US dollars in annual income on crop production is lost each year due to land degradation, a UN official told farmers at a forum Thursday. Full text...

  • AIDS undermines food security in Africa, says WFP boss
    26 february 2003 12:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- James T. Full text...

  • Land reform afoot in Senegal, says Minister
    26 february 2003 09:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Senegalese government plans to table before the National Assembly (Parliament) soon, a land reform bill, according to Agriculture Minister Habib Sy. Full text...

  • Low African turnout at Paris agricultural show
    25 february 2003 21:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire are the only African countries taking part in this year's International Agricultural Fair being held here until 2 March. Full text...

  • WWF decries lack of focus on farming policies in poor states
    25 february 2003 07:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has warned that agricultural investment policies must be dramatically redesigned if they are to help reduce poverty and loss of biodiversity in developing countries. Full text...

  • IFAD funds rehabilitation of agriculture scheme in Sudan
    23 february 2003 17:07:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has approved a loan of US$20 million to help rehabilitate the Gash Agricultural Scheme in Kasala State of Eastern Sudan, Mohammed Hassan Jubara, Foreign Aid Director in the Ministry of Agriculture said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Malawi expects better crop yields as drought ends
    23 february 2003 11:21:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's worst period of famine, which affected 3. Full text...

  • France defends preferential trade treatment for Africa
    21 february 2003 13:46:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac Friday said he would defend special and privileged trade treatment for Africa. Full text...

  • IFAD to grant 50 percent of its resources to Africa
    20 february 2003 21:16:00
    Rome- Italy (PANA) -- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said on Thursday in Rome that 50 percent of its resources by 2006 would be allocated to Africa. Full text...

  • IFAD official encourages Africans to adopt organic farming
    20 february 2003 17:40:00
    Rome- Italy (PANA) -- A senior official at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome has encouraged African farmers to start growing organic products, which are more profitable in the expanding market. Full text...

  • Foot-and-mouth disease breaks out in Zimbabwe
    20 february 2003 17:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Government veterinary officials in Zimbabwe said Thursday foot-and-mouth disease had broken out in two districts in the east of the country. Full text...

  • FAO props agricultural conversion initiative in Cape Verde
    19 february 2003 23:40:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has offered to support an agricultural conversion policy developed by the Cape Verde government, Praia sources told PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria to set up 2 billion Naira Agric Fund
    19 february 2003 22:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria is to establish a 2 billion Naira (US$16 million) Interest Draw-Back Fund to assist local farmers and boost investment in the agricultural sector, Jonah Ezeikpe, Chief Executive of Manny Bank and a member of the Bankers' Committee said in Lagos Wednesday. Full text...

  • World Bank boosts agriculture in Sudan's Nuba region
    19 february 2003 19:02:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The World Bank has earmarked a US$1. Full text...

  • US increases drought assistance to Ethiopia
    19 february 2003 17:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Washington has increased its emergency drought assistance to Ethiopia by US$7. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe brings armyworms under control
    18 february 2003 20:04:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Agriculture officials in Zimbabwe said Tuesday a nation-wide outbreak of armyworms which had threatened to wipe out crops had been brought under control. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe loses more cattle to drought, disease
    17 february 2003 18:19:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Warning of a looming beef shortage, farmers and government officials said Monday that drought and diseases were taking a heavy toll on Zimbabwe's cattle herd. Full text...

  • Fifty Zimbabwean farmers settle in Mozambique
    13 february 2003 18:57:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Fifty white Zimbabwean farmers have so far settled in the central Mozambican provinces of Manica and Sofala, Thursday's issue of the "Diario de Mocambique" newspaper quoted the Mozambican Agriculture Minister Helder Muteia as saying. Full text...

  • South African farmers move to check FMD outbreak
    12 february 2003 15:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African farmers in KwaZulu-Natal province have introduced precautionary measures to stave off a potential outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease, following a recent outbreak in neighbouring Botswana. Full text...

  • Armyworms invade Zimbabwe
    11 february 2003 20:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Agriculture authorities in Zimbabwe Tuesday reported widespread outbreaks of armyworms, threatening crops which had already been affected by drought. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe awards Chinese company huge farming tender
    09 february 2003 13:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government announced at the weekend it had awarded a huge tender to a Chinese company to develop 100,000 hectares for agricultural purposes. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe white farmers support government land reforms
    22 january 2003 21:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embattled white farmers Wednesday offered technical and logistical support to black farmers controversially resettled on government-seized lands, to end a three-year crisis rocking the country's agriculture. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's new farmers ready to make country breadbasket
    22 january 2003 18:33:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Despite big challenges ahead of them, Zimbabwe's newly resettled farmers are determined to turn the country into southern Africa's breadbasket, according to Zimbabwe's Deputy Minister for Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Chief Fortune Z. Full text...

  • FAO chief postpones visit to Cameroon
    21 january 2003 18:53:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Wednesday's official visit to Cameroon by Jacques Diouf, Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has been postponed indefinitely, the FAO office said in Yaounde Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritania launches emergency programme against famine.
    20 january 2003 20:33:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian government has launched an emergency programme to assist more than one million people threatened by famine in the country, the Commission on Food Security said. Full text...

  • Israel brings assistance to drought-stricken Ethiopia
    18 january 2003 17:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A delegation of top Israeli agricultural experts is expected to arrive here Sunday to launch the International Programme for Arid Land Crops (IPALC) in Ethiopia, the Israeli Ambassador here, Doron M. Full text...

  • Milk supplies decline in South Africa
    17 january 2003 12:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Local dairy outfit Milk South Africa warned Friday of a possible recourse to imports, saying milk production in the country was likely to fall short of actual demand this year. Full text...

  • Ugandan livestock officials in Rwanda
    16 january 2003 19:19:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Ugandan Secretary of State on Livestock Farming Mary Mugeni arrived in Kigali Thursday, heading a delegation on a three-day visit to discuss the prevention of livestock diseases in both countries. Full text...

  • South Africa bans livestock import from Botswana
    15 january 2003 16:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government Wednesday banned the importation of all cloven-hoofed animals and their products from Botswana following a suspected outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in that country. Full text...

  • Famine alert group finds food situation in Tanzania satisfactory
    14 january 2003 18:03:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Unlike neighbouring regions under threat from gaping shortfalls in food supplies, a surveillance report has affirmed that Tanzania's food security outlook over the coming six months would remain good. Full text...

  • Heavy rains bring bittersweet for Swazi farmers
    12 january 2003 09:54:00
    Lavumisa- Swaziland (PANA) -- Whilst a majority of Swazi farmers are pleased with the current heavy rainfall in many parts of this tiny Southern African kingdom, others have expressed agony that rainstorms have devastated their crops. Full text...

  • Mozambique maps out agricultural contingency plan for 2003
    11 january 2003 18:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's Disaster Management Coordinating Council has presented its contingency plan for the 2002/2003 agricultural year, envisaging expenditure of up to 46 million US dollars in measures aimed at cushioning the impact of natural disasters. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean white farmer claims losing farm to High Court Judge
    10 january 2003 21:19:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A white Zimbabwean farmer alleged Friday he had lost his farm to a High Court Judge, who seized the property under the government's controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • White farmers accuse Zimbabwe govt supporters of fresh violence
    10 january 2003 17:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's few remaining white farmers said Friday government supporters had launched a new wave of farm invasions to drive them away, even as President Robert Mugabe lists more farms for compulsory acquisition to resettle black peasants. Full text...

  • South African white farmers unwilling to sell farms
    10 january 2003 17:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South African Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said Friday in Harare that white farmers unwilling to sell farms to the government for resettlement were hampering land reform in his country. Full text...

  • South African farmers exploit Zimbabwean workers, says Minister
    09 january 2003 22:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South African Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said Thursday that white farmers in his country grossly exploited Zimbabwean immigrant farm workers, most of whom entered the country illegally. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe gets Chinese food aid
    09 january 2003 20:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- China Thursday gave Zimbabwe 4,500 tons of maize, to help avert mass starvation. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's tobacco production slumps
    09 january 2003 14:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's production of tobacco is expected to drop by 60 percent this year because most of the white commercial farmers were driven off their farms by the government under its controversial agrarian reforms, a local farming agency said Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritian Minister says Brazil not opposed to ACP countries
    06 january 2003 19:55:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Tourism and Leisure Minister Nando Bodha, said on his return from Rio de Janeiro that Brazil has given an assurance it would not oppose the concession enjoyed by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries on sugar production and export. Full text...

  • WFP receives donation from Ethiopian church
    06 january 2003 19:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme has received an Ethiopian birr 132,000 (15,200 US dollars) contribution from the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Tanzania provides food aid to Zimbabwe
    05 january 2003 18:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tanzania Sunday donated 3,000 tons of maize to Zimbabwe to help the drought-stricken country to avert mass starvation. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe denies stifling Zambia's farming industry
    02 january 2003 13:13:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A wrangle between Zimbabwe and Zambia has shifted to the farms where Zambian officials are now accusing their Zimbabwe counterparts of having short-circuited its neighbour's agricultural programme by withholding maize seed. Full text...

  • Weather agency warns of more droughts in Zimbabwe
    02 january 2003 12:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A government weather agency in Zimbabwe predicted Thursday that the country and some of its neighbours would be hit by drought for the second consecutive farming season this year. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe imports maize seed from South Africa
    27 december 2002 15:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has ordered 15,000 tons of maize seed from South Africa to bridge a domestic shortfall in the current farming season, Agriculture Minister Joseph Made said Friday. Full text...

  • WFP denies supplying infected maize to Zambia
    27 december 2002 11:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The World Food Programme has refuted claims by the Zambian government that the UN agency recently supplied it with imported relief maize infected with a strange pest. Full text...

  • Benin takes initiative to modernise cassava industry
    25 december 2002 18:56:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A five year cassava industry modernisation programme worth 31. Full text...

  • Lack of seeds, fertiliser affects maize farming in Zimbabwe
    24 december 2002 14:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean government farming agency said Tuesday this year's farming of maize, the country's staple food, was below normal due to lack of seeds and fertiliser. Full text...

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