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  • Mauritania gets emergency food aid from Germany, Spain
    10 november 2002 18:52:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Germany and Spain have earmarked 490,000 and 360,000 US dollars, respectively, for emergency food aid to Mauritania, the World Food Programme (WFP) said at the weekend. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe, Mozambican cotton companies in joint venture
    08 november 2002 19:35:00
    Manica- Mozambique (PANA) -- Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (CCZ) and the Mozambican company, SOGIR are setting up a joint venture to promote cotton production in the central provinces of Tete and Manica. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe, Thailand seal fertiliser deal
    08 november 2002 14:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Thailand and Zimbabwe Friday concluded a fertiliser trade agreement, under which the southern African country will immediately start importing the commodity, which is in short supply, from the Asian nation. Full text...

  • Virus outbreak threatens dairy industry in Kenya
    07 november 2002 20:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The outbreak of the Napier Stunting Disease, a virus that affects the Napier grass used as cattle fodder has been reported in Kenya's western province, threatening regional dairy and zero grazing projects. Full text...

  • Italian NGOs help improve farmer capacities in West Africa
    05 november 2002 21:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Italian government and FAO have jointly embarked on a programme to increase the capacities of farmers' organisations in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Senegal in agricultural development. Full text...

  • EU gives more humanitarian aid to SADC countries
    05 november 2002 19:09:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The European Union has pledged a further 310 million Euros (about 310 million US dollars) to help southern African countries facing a drought-related humanitarian crisis. Full text...

  • 10 Huambo companies at Angola's Fenapro fair
    05 november 2002 10:21:00
    Huambo- Angola (PANA) -- At least 10 local companies dealing in agricultural products will represent Huambo Province at Angola's 2002 national production fair (Fenapro), opening Tuesday in Luanda. Full text...

  • Kenyan scientists unveil new bean variety
    04 november 2002 17:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan scientists have developed a new variety of beans that is able to yield seven to ten times more than locally available varieties, a top scientist with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) said Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe tightens squeeze on white farmers
    04 november 2002 11:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tightening the squeeze on embattled white farmers, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Monday signed into law amendments to the country's controversial land laws passed by parliament in September. Full text...

  • Over 18,000 Kenyan farmers to learn modern farming techniques
    03 november 2002 16:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of Kenyan farmers will learn modern farming and crop husbandry techniques under a three-year programme initiated by the UN Development Programme in conjunction with the Food Agriculture Organisation at a cost of 2. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe government warns militant white farmers
    03 november 2002 15:19:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Sunday warned militant white farmers spoiling for a fight with the authorities over controversial land reforms, of a crackdown if they persisted in efforts to rollback the programme. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's tobacco revenue increases by $15 million in 2002
    01 november 2002 12:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe earned 369 million US dollars from tobacco this year, a mere 15 million dollar increase over 2001's 354 million dollars, industry officials said Friday. Full text...

  • WFP warns of starvation in northern Uganda
    30 october 2002 17:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Unless donors come forward soon with contributions, the victims of fighting in northern Uganda will face severe food shortages, the UN World Food Programme warned Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia loses 40% of agricultural produce to pests, weeds
    30 october 2002 17:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia loses between 30 and 40 percent of its agricultural produce to pests, weeds and invasion by birds, an official of the Agriculture Ministry said in Addis Ababa Wednesday. Full text...

  • Leaders of Zimbabwe's embattled white farmers step down
    30 october 2002 16:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Two leaders of Zimbabwe's beleaguered white farmers, facing mass evictions from their farms by the government, have stepped down, amid internal division on how to react to the farm seizures. Full text...

  • Mozambique moves to increase rice production
    29 october 2002 20:06:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government has indicated it was looking forward to raising rice production to more than 200,000 tonnes in the 2002/2003 season with Zambezia, as pivot of the campaign, expected to meet the bulk of the target (120,000-150-000 tonnes). Full text...

  • Zambia continues to reject genetically modified maize
    29 october 2002 11:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Agriculture Minister Mundia Sikatana on Tuesday reiterated his government's rejection of genetically modified (GM) maize due to the existing scientific uncertainty surrounding such foods. Full text...

  • Millions face starvation in Ethiopia, Eritrea
    28 october 2002 16:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP)of the United Nations has launched an urgent appeal for emergency relief food to Ethiopia and Eritrea, where more than 12 million people could face starvation over the next few months. Full text...

  • UN launches urgent food appeal for Horn of Africa
    28 october 2002 13:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday launched an urgent appeal for emergency relief food donations for countries in the Horn of Africa, saying more than 12 million people could face starvation in the next months. Full text...

  • Agricultural production drops sharply in Cape Verde
    27 october 2002 20:08:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Agricultural production in Cape Verde would this year be 74 percent lower than last year's due to poor rains, official sources indicated Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian ban on imported poultry boosts local production
    27 october 2002 15:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian poultry farmers are enjoying a big boost from the federal government's three-month ban on imported frozen poultry products, the private Guardian newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Reunion ensures organic certification for natural produce
    25 october 2002 13:29:00
    Saint Denis- La Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion has set up an authority for the organic certification of agricultural produce from the island. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso anticipates surplus in agricultural production
    25 october 2002 10:45:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe Agriculture, Water and Fisheries Minister Salif Diallo hinted Thursday that the country expects a rise in agricultural production this year. Full text...

  • Kenyan farmer honoured on UN Day
    24 october 2002 13:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN Day was commemorated in Kenya Thursday with the honouring of Joseph M'eruaki, a Kenyan farmer, for his contribution to enhancing food security and reducing poverty in his drought-prone Mbeere District, east of the country. Full text...

  • Benin farmers prefer cotton to food crops
    23 october 2002 14:39:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- For several years, Benin has had no cereal surpluses, as farmers prefer growing cash crops like cotton, the country's key export product. Full text...

  • Malawi food crisis set to worsen
    19 october 2002 19:12:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The food crisis in Malawi looks set to worsen in the months ahead with stocks fast running out and food aid, reaching only 3. Full text...

  • Critics want Uganda to emphasise more on cocoa, less on coffee
    19 october 2002 17:52:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Critics in the agricultural sector have attacked the Ugandan government for showing little interest in cocoa production at a time when world market prospects looked promising. Full text...

  • EU approves $24 million food grant to Ethiopia
    19 october 2002 17:23:00
    Addis Ababa- (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has approved a grant of 24. Full text...

  • Kenya to draft irrigation policy to guide farming
    19 october 2002 13:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture is consulting with various stakeholders in the sector in a first step towards a National Irrigation and Drainage Policy that would revamp the irrigation sub-sector. Full text...

  • Land crisis feared as grain export boom spurs Ugandan farmers
    18 october 2002 16:10:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan authorities have expressed fears of a possible land crisis as farmers scramble for more arable land following enticing returns from grain exports to famine- stricken southern Africa. Full text...

  • South African authority allays fears of fertiliser shortage
    18 october 2002 12:56:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Fertilizer Society of South Africa (FSSA) has dispelled rumours of a looming shortage in the supply of fertilisers, affirming Friday that delivery in the current planting season was progressing well. Full text...

  • Cameroon's northern provinces under famine threat
    17 october 2002 17:48:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroon Confederation of farmers' Organisations (CORCAM), has warned about an impending famine in the country's northern provinces. Full text...

  • Mauritania gets five new dams with EU support
    16 october 2002 21:25:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's Rural Development and Environment Minister Moustapha ould Maouloud, has inaugurated five dams built with EU's financial support in the country's central region of Brakna. Full text...

  • Niger intensifies fight against hunger
    16 october 2002 18:13:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's Agricultural Development Minister, Wassalke Boukary, Wednesday reiterated government's determination to fight hunger and malnutrition in the country. Full text...

  • Famine looms in north Cameroon
    15 october 2002 14:48:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon is to celebrate World Food Day on 16 October in spite of the famine which looms in its northern provinces, authorities say. Full text...

  • WFP Warns of Rising Hunger Crises
    15 october 2002 13:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the world community observed World Food Day Tuesday, the World Food Programme (WFP) expressed concern about its inability to respond fully to ever-mounting hunger crises. Full text...

  • NGO experiments new tomato variety in DR Congo
    13 october 2002 16:23:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A Congolese NGO, the Kinshasa-based National Solidarity for Economic and Social Development (SONADES) has put on the local market a new tomato variety dubbed 'Saint Pierre' developed from improved seeds. Full text...

  • Wilt wreaks havoc on Uganda's coffee sector
    11 october 2002 13:12:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda's coffee sector is under stress from a coffee wilt disease that destroyed about a hundred million Robusta coffee trees during the past season. Full text...

  • Hungry Zambia prepares for a fresh start on village farms
    11 october 2002 08:27:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government was on Thursday pushing transporters to ferry scarce maize seed and fertilisers to remote parts of the country where rural communities were anxiously awaiting them. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe doubles tea export earnings
    09 october 2002 17:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has doubled its tea export earnings this year to 4. Full text...

  • FAO announces agricultural development strategy for Africa
    09 october 2002 11:34:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) director general Jacques Diouf hinted Tuesday in Lome that an agricultural development strategy for Africa was in the pipeline. Full text...

  • Mauritius reports mixed performance in agricultural sector
    07 october 2002 16:13:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritius Central Bureau of Statistics (CSO) indicated Monday that fish production surged 26. Full text...

  • Foot and mouth disease spreads in Zimbabwe
    07 october 2002 08:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe government's veterinary services said Monday that a raging foot and mouth outbreak had spread to two more districts in the south and east of the country. Full text...

  • Israeli Agriculture Minister to Visit Ethiopia
    06 october 2002 09:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Israeli Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Shalom Simhon is due here Tuesday for a three-day official visit, it was announced Sunday. Full text...

  • UN agencies say drought could aggravate famine in Eritrea
    05 october 2002 13:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A prolonged drought has seriously affected agricultural and livestock production in Eritrea this year, threatening the lives of more than a million people, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have said in a joint report issued from Rome, Italy. Full text...

  • Kenya seeks recognition as producer of pesticide-free tea
    03 october 2002 20:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya tea industry took its bid for recognition as the world's producer of the most wholesome, premium black teas to the global forum by demonstrating to a gathering of connoisseurs the best practices that ensure pesticide-free tea. Full text...

  • China promises 4,500 tons of maize to Zambia
    02 october 2002 09:48:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- China is to donate 4,500 metric tons of maize to alleviate famine in Zambia, which threatens about 13 million people in the southern African sub-region this year. Full text...

  • Togo moves to process tomato
    01 october 2002 22:50:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Togolese government and the Italian company CIRIO have signed an agreement to set up five plants in the country for the canning of concentrated tomato. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe flower growers fear drop in production, earnings
    01 october 2002 21:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Flower growers in Zimbabwe said Tuesday they foresee both production and export earnings dropping this year, the first decline in the industry since the mid-1980s due to the government's controversial seizure of white-owned farms to resettle landless peasants. Full text...

  • Mauritius reacts to sugar subsidy complaints
    30 september 2002 21:50:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Agriculture and Food Technology minister, Pravind Jugnauth, said Monday the country has noted the complaints lodged by Brazil and Australia before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over European subsidy to sugar producers. Full text...

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