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  • Pressure groups against genetic production of potatoes
    27 july 2004 16:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Pressure groups are kicking against South African government's reported decision to allow genetically engineered production of potatoes in the country. Full text...

  • Association against chicken import control in Mozambique
    26 july 2004 16:52:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Maputo-based Association of Informal Sector Workers (ASSOTSI) has complained against Agriculture Minister Helder Muteia's directive tightening control on frozen chicken import to Mozambique, national news agency, AIM reported Monday. Full text...

  • African meeting on locust control kicks off in Algiers
    26 july 2004 15:05:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Experts from Maghrebi and West African States were Monday convening ahead of a two-day meeting of Agriculture Ministers on locust control that opens here on Tuesday, organisers revealed. Full text...

  • IFAD to fund rice production in DR Congo
    24 july 2004 20:22:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is to support rice production in Bumba, in DR Congo's northern Equator province, an official said. Full text...

  • Ugandan leader for district crop production zones
    23 july 2004 14:55:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has directed all district leaders to undertake studies and zone their areas according to what they produce best to enable peasants engage in production that yields maximum financial returns. Full text...

  • Seven teams fight locusts in Mauritania
    22 july 2004 23:41:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Seven teams are currently afield to fight desert locusts threatening to invade Mauritania, official sources disclosed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Drought threatens cattle in western Uganda
    22 july 2004 18:05:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Drought in western Uganda now threatens cattle, especially in Mbarara where grassing land has dried up, officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda predicts drop in tea production
    21 july 2004 16:42:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda expects its tea production this year to drop by 75 percent, compared to last year's production level due to bad weather. Full text...

  • UN agencies using satellite data to fight hunger, rural poverty
    21 july 2004 16:31:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- United Nations agencies have developed a new Internet-based system to provide vital agricultural information to decision-makers in developing countries as part of efforts to fight hunger and rural poverty. Full text...

  • Mugabe says Zimbabwe does not need food aid
    20 july 2004 19:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- President Robert Mugabe said Tuesday Zimbabwe had produced enough food after years of consecutive deficits, and did not require international donor aid. Full text...

  • Desert locusts invade Mauritania
    20 july 2004 14:08:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania has made an international appeal as swarms of desert locusts started invading its territory, official sources told PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Fresh foot-and-mouth outbreak in Zimbabwe
    18 july 2004 18:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Veterinary officials Sunday reported a fresh outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Zimbabwe's main cattle producing southern region, dashing hopes of an early resumption of beef exports suspended several years ago. Full text...

  • SA firm to produce improved cereal seeds in Cameroon
    17 july 2004 17:33:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The government of Cameroon and the South African company PANAR SEED have signed a partnership agreement for the construction of a production unit for improved cereal seeds next year in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Coalition condemns promotion of GMOs in Africa
    17 july 2004 13:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A coalition of international mainstream environmental, consumer and farmer groups has condemned the aggressive promotion of GMOs as a solution to hunger in the world. Full text...

  • Mozambique hosts meeting on approach to hunger
    16 july 2004 20:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- More than 100 delegates from over 24 countries are taking part in an international conference on the theme "Hunger, food aid and GMOs", which opened on Thursday in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • DR Congo needs $5 million to promote cassava production
    15 july 2004 10:55:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Projects to increase cassava production in DR Congo, backed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) based in Ibadan, Nigeria would require some 5 million US dollars, IITA development research director Stanford Blade indicated here after meeting with Scientific Research Minister Kamanda Wa Kamanda. Full text...

  • Quelea birds invasion casts doubt on Kenyan wheat production
    14 july 2004 19:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Around one million destructive quelea birds have invaded wheat farms in Kenya's central district of Meru, casting doubts on projected crop production targets. Full text...

  • Kenyan leader declares famine a national disaster
    14 july 2004 18:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Wednesday declared the current drought in his country a national disaster and made an international food appeal. Full text...

  • ADF grants COMESA US$4.5m for agriculture marketing
    14 july 2004 14:05:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has received a grant of 4. Full text...

  • Belgium props agriculture in DR Congo
    14 july 2004 11:04:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Belgium has put at the disposal of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), under the 'Consolidated Appeal 2004' for DR Congo, some 2 million US dollars destined for two projects on food security in the country. Full text...

  • Poor research, pests threaten date palm in Africa, says FAO
    13 july 2004 14:41:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Pests, marketing constraints and poor research are combining to threaten date palm production in north Africa and southwest Asia, affecting an important food source for millions of people, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Strong rand compromises crop prices in South Africa
    13 july 2004 12:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Grain SA (South Africa) has expressed concern over sharp declines in almost all summer crop prices, blaming this on the strong rand, lower international prices and large carry-over stocks. Full text...

  • Gambia reduces cost of farm inputs
    12 july 2004 20:31:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia Monday ordered a reduction in the prices of farming inputs such as seeds and fertiliser. Full text...

  • EU beef ban on Zimbabwe continues
    12 july 2004 20:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's State-owned beef company said Monday the beef export ban imposed on the country by the European Union (EU) because of Foot and Mouth disease, was still on. Full text...

  • Govt worries over presence of lucusts in Gambia
    12 july 2004 18:55:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Department of State for Agriculture in Gambia Monday confirmed the presence of locusts in the country and immediately began alerting all sectors of the society for cooperation to avert a possible plague. Full text...

  • Morocco cries for sufficient aid to combat locusts
    09 july 2004 10:08:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The minister of Agriculture in Morocco, Mohand Laensar said international aid announced so far to combat the desert locusts invading the country was "inadequate". Full text...

  • AU pleads for ACP interests in EU farm policy reforms
    08 july 2004 11:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Concerned at the sharp decline and fluctuation of commodity prices, leaders attending the third ordinary assembly of the African Union here called on their European Union partners to ensure that reforms of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) do not affect the vital interests of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe sells less tobacco
    07 july 2004 21:33:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Tobacco Marketing Industry Board (TIMB) said Wednesday the country has earned 82. Full text...

  • Desert locusts invade eastern Morocco
    07 july 2004 10:12:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A major desert locust invasion is underway in eastern Morocco, the Central Anti-Locust Control Co- ordination Station (PCCLA) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to produce less wheat this year
    06 july 2004 20:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe expects to produce 240,000 tons of wheat from 60,000 hectares of land this year, below the original target of 400,000 tons from 100,000 hectares, Agriculture Minister Joseph Made said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to export sugar to Kenya
    06 july 2004 18:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean company said Tuesday it had won a huge ZWD one billion (US$186,915) contract to supply sugar to Kenyan under a Common Market for East Southern Africa (COMESA) trade protocol. Full text...

  • Grain South Africa opposes GMO maize imports
    06 july 2004 16:58:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Grain SA (South Africa) has opposed an application for an import licence by Monsanto South Africa to import genetically modified maize for human and animal consumption. Full text...

  • Kenyan leader appeals for food aid
    06 july 2004 14:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya Tuesday made an urgent appeal for food aid following a severe shortage caused by reduced rains in many parts of the country. Full text...

  • FAO raises alarm over locust threats on northwest Africa
    05 july 2004 23:44:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) launched an appeal Monday for international aid in the face of locust threats on northwest Africa. Full text...

  • WFP urges action to eliminate malnutrition in Africa
    05 july 2004 17:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Plans already laid out by African national leaders and international experts give hope that by working together, they can make inroads toward eradicating hunger and malnutrition, UN World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Executive Director Sheila Sisulu said here Monday. Full text...

  • 24 African countries in serious food emergency
    05 july 2004 14:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Of the 35 countries currently experiencing serious food emergencies, 24 are in Africa where a large number of people depend on food assistance for survival, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Jacques Diouf warned here Monday. Full text...

  • Mozambique makes turn around recovery in agriculture
    05 july 2004 12:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Mozambique is bouncing out of food aid dependence as a result of an effective partnership with international partners in revamping the agricultural sector, President Joaquim Alberto Chissano disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Annan urges global partnerships to end hunger in Africa
    05 july 2004 10:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has called for close partnerships with African institutions and farmers to help the continent take its first steps out of chronic poverty and hunger. Full text...

  • Western Uganda district faces imminent famine
    04 july 2004 18:11:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Western Uganda's district of Kasese bordering the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) faces imminent famine following crop failure due to a prolonged drought, district agricultural officer Theresa Munyazikwiye said Sunday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to import cattle from South Africa
    04 july 2004 17:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Agriculture Minister Joseph Made has said the country would import cattle from neighbouring South Africa to help re-build the national herd decimated by drought and controversial land reforms. Full text...

  • Niger briefs partners on migratory locusts
    01 july 2004 22:35:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's agriculture development minister Abari Mai Moussa informed a meeting of external partners that his country needs 4 billion FCFA (US$798,000) to combat migratory locusts. Full text...

  • Ghana develops standards for horticultural products
    30 june 2004 23:30:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana has begun standardisation of its horticultural produce to help reduce the incidence of rejection and downgrading on the international market, according to Lawrence E. Full text...

  • FAO hails pact to preserve genetic plant diversity
    29 june 2004 21:33:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- As a global pact to preserve genetic plant diversity came into force Tuesday, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hailed the development as a boom to consumers who want more choice about what foods they eat. Full text...

  • Stakeholders combat cassava disease in Congo
    29 june 2004 20:57:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has launched an agricultural programme in Congo dubbed "Cassava project" to fight pests that hamper cassava in the country. Full text...

  • New company to market South African wines
    28 june 2004 17:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Five wine cellars in the Western Cape have invested in a new marketing company to sell more South African wine abroad, especially in the US, the Far East and Europe. Full text...

  • Donors target livestock sector in Kenya
    27 june 2004 15:35:00
    Mombasa- Kenya (PANA) -- Development partners have made commitments to fund the livestock sector in Kenya in the next fiscal year in grants worth more than 7. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt seizes more farms from whites
    25 june 2004 22:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government Friday almost completed uprooting all the country's white farmers from the land after it announced the seizure of over 400 farms countrywide for resettlement. Full text...

  • Kibaki supports new technologies in agriculture
    23 june 2004 20:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya has re- affirmed the Government's commitment to improving agricultural performance through the adoption of modern technologies. Full text...

  • Lobbyists urge caution against GMOs
    22 june 2004 21:18:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- An action group of NGOs and associations issued a release here Tuesday urging policymakers in Africa to be cautious about embracing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Full text...

  • Chinese Agric exhibition opens in Maputo
    22 june 2004 19:23:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister, Lidia Brito, Tuesday opened an exhibition of Chinese agricultural technologies in Maputo. Full text...

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