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  • Locusts threaten food crops in Guinea Bissau
    11 july 2003 20:19:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Locusts have invaded farms threatening food crops in northeastern part of Guinea Bissau, farmers in the Pirada zone, on the country's border with Senegal, said. Full text...

  • Zambian NGO petitions Bush
    09 july 2003 20:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Zambian NGO handed a petition to the US embassy in Lusaka Wednesday for transmission to President George Bush complaining about American foreign trade practices that hurt African economies. Full text...

  • Zambia to fence border with Angola over cattle diseases
    09 july 2003 16:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has announced plans to fence its border with Angola to control the spread of cattle-borne diseases, including foot-and-mouth and the more deadly Contagious Bovine pleuro pneumonia (CBPP). Full text...

  • US accused of giving Africa with one hand, taking with the other
    07 july 2003 19:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- As George Bush embarks on a week-long visit to Africa, Oxfam International has in a statement urged the US president to address what it said was the enormous damage being done to the continent by unfair American trade policies. Full text...

  • Special UN envoy tours drought-hit Horn of Africa
    05 july 2003 12:07:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The newly appointed Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa, Martti Ahtisaari has welcomed the move by donors to assist the drought-affected people. Full text...

  • 32 farmers survive after eating toxic peas in Mali
    04 july 2003 14:38:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Dr Moussa Traore, chief medical officer in Bla in central Mali, saved 32 farmers from possible death after treating them from food poisoning at his clinic on Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt funds bank to finance farming
    03 july 2003 17:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government on Thursday injected a whopping ZWD 64 billion (ZWD 824 = 1 USD) into a state-owned bank to finance black farmers resettled under its controversial land reforms. Full text...

  • WFP makes food appeal for Zimbabwe
    03 july 2003 16:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday it had launched a 203 million US dollar appeal to international donors for food aid for Zimbabwe for this year up to the next harvest in 2004. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe farmers withhold tobacco from market
    03 july 2003 11:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco farmers in Zimbabwe are increasingly withholding their crop from auction floors to demand a devaluation of the local currency, an industry official said Thursday. Full text...

  • Africa brings agriculture to the forefront
    02 july 2003 16:48:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The general view of agriculture in Africa is sometimes discouraging, says UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf. Full text...

  • IITA confronts cassava disease in Nigeria
    02 july 2003 11:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria-based International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has launched a project to pre-empt an outbreak of virulent Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) in Nigeria, the institute said in a statement. Full text...

  • 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...

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