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  • How Ivorian crisis affects African rice research centre
    09 december 2003 15:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Lack of a lasting and peaceful solution to the 14-month military crisis in Cote d'Ivoire has dampened activities of the West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) research centre at M'be, 25 km from Bouake, the country's second city. Full text...

  • Minister fears Kenya may not achieve food security
    06 december 2003 14:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Livestock and Fisheries minister Joseph Munyao on Saturday said food security in the East African nation could remain unachievable, as only 10 percent of the 470,000 hectares of potential farm land has been developed. Full text...

  • Mozambique tackles poverty through agriculture
    05 december 2003 17:34:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Deputy Agriculture minister Joao Carrilho has said that the second phase of Mozambique's National Agriculture Development Programme (PROAGRI) billed to start in 2005 would target rural areas and focus on poverty reduction. Full text...

  • FAO props agriculture in West Africa
    05 december 2003 10:49:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is to grant ECOWAS some 351,000 US dollars for the formulation of a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the West African region, under an agreement signed by both organisations in Abuja Thursday. Full text...

  • African experts urge more public funding to agriculture
    04 december 2003 15:01:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Experts at an international conference on African agriculture have called for closer links between governments and the private sector, civil society and farmers' bodies aimed at increasing public funding to agriculture. Full text...

  • Kenya to triple seed production in 10 years
    03 december 2003 14:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Seed Company has announced plans to triple its annual seed production to 90,000 tons by 2013 to meet the demand of expanding markets in the East and Central African region. Full text...

  • Experts discuss sustainable agriculture in Africa
    01 december 2003 20:31:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- High-level policymakers from Africa, researchers, and representatives from farmer groups, the private sector, and donor agencies Monday began examining case studies that have produced important advances in African agriculture. Full text...

  • Mozambican military to till the soil
    01 december 2003 16:28:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Defence Ministry has acquired 100 hectares of farm land in several provinces under a programme to ensure adequate food supplies to military units, the daily "Noticias" reported Monday. Full text...

  • UN decries rising cases of hunger worldwide
    01 december 2003 08:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Hunger is on the rise again after falling steadily during the first half of the 1990s, according to the latest world hunger report of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Toure launches livestock immunisation in Mali
    29 november 2003 14:11:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure on Saturday in Kati Daral, on the outskirts of the nation's capital, launched a nationwide immunisation campaign to protect the country's livestock. Full text...

  • US donates food to Cameroonian famine victims
    28 november 2003 16:33:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's Agriculture Minister Augustin Frederic Kodock has taken delivery of 7,000 tons of rice donated by the US to assist famine-stricken population in northern Cameroon. Full text...

  • FAO props agro-statistics gathering in Mauritius
    27 november 2003 15:33:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has provided US$49,000 to build the capacity of the Bureau of Statistics in the Mauritian Agriculture and Food Technology ministry, an official said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe projects decline in tobacco output
    27 november 2003 10:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A top Zimbabwean tobacco industry official Thursday said output of the crop, the country's biggest export, was projected to decline for the fourth consecutive year in 2004. Full text...

  • Zambia vaccinates cattle against diseases
    27 november 2003 08:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has embarked on the immunisation of cattle in the Southern province, where infectious corridor and foot-and-mouth diseases previously them wiped out, Zambia's chief veterinary officer, Dominic Minyoi revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Food insecurity rising again in Africa
    25 november 2003 20:31:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- Hunger is on the rise again world-wide after falling steadily during the early 1990s, says a report issued here Tuesday by UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Mozambique rehabilitates southern irrigation scheme
    25 november 2003 17:59:00
    Chokwe- Mozambique (PANA) -- Two rice harvests a year are now possible following the rehabilitation of the Chokwe irrigated perimeter's channel in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza, President Joaquim Chissano said here. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe seeks for livestock vaccine from Botswana
    25 november 2003 16:06:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Zimbabwe is negotiating with Botswana to obtain millions of doses of a vaccine for the prevention of foot and mouth disease in cloven hoofed animals. Full text...

  • African agriculture experts meet in Accra
    24 november 2003 19:52:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Agriculture experts began a five-day meeting here Monday urging African governments to adopt field extension approaches that facilitate the participation of farmers and other stakeholders in the drive for food security. Full text...

  • Zambia holds to woo investors to agriculture sector
    24 november 2003 15:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Bank of Zambia, in partnership with the Commonwealth Development Corporation, Monday held a two-day agriculture investment conference that hopes to lure foreign direct investment to the farming sector. Full text...

  • FAO, Portugal support Guinea Bissau farmers
    23 november 2003 17:44:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Portuguese Co-operation agency have launched a programme to support Guinea Bissau's farmers whose crops were ravaged by floods earlier this year, a source at the Agriculture, Fishery and Livestock Farming Ministry said at the weekend. Full text...

  • Rice research centre staff expected back at Bouake soon
    22 november 2003 09:26:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Nearly all staff members of the West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) will soon return ro its headquarters 25-km from the central Ivorian regional capital of Bouake, the institution's director general Kanayo F. Full text...

  • Rice research centre staff expected back at Bouake soon
    22 november 2003 09:25:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Nearly all staff members of the West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) will soon return ro its headquarters 25-km from the central Ivorian regional capital of Bouake, the institution's director general Kanayo F. Full text...

  • Zambia to host international agro-investment forum
    21 november 2003 17:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia will on Monday host an agricultural investment promotion conference aimed at attracting foreign investors to the country, Bank of Zambia governor Caleb Fundanga said here Friday. Full text...

  • Rockefeller Foundation to assist Kenya grain growers
    21 november 2003 13:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A senior vice president of the US-based Rockefeller Foundation, Julia Lopez, has arrived here to launch a 3-year maize marketing movement in Bungoma district, Western Kenya, one of the country's maize growing districts, organisers said here Friday The Foundation is funding the three-year maize marketing movement in the Kenya/Uganda frontier district to improve marketing of the crop and empower farmers economically. Full text...

  • Pig farmers threaten demonstration in Mauritius
    21 november 2003 12:09:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Pig farmers in Roche-Bois, a working class area of the Mauritian capital, Port-Louis have threatened a peaceful demonstration Monday to protest alleged government negative attitude towards them. Full text...

  • Niger records 460,000 tonnes surplus in cereals
    20 november 2003 21:27:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger achieved a cereal surplus of more than 463,000 tonnes at the end of the agro-pastoral campaign this year, agriculture minister, Abarai Mai Moussa announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Experts urge African leaders to invest in biotechnology
    20 november 2003 17:35:00
    Ibadan- Nigeria (PANA) -- Agricultural experts, most of them from leading African research institutions have urged policy makers on the continent to invest in capacity building for African researchers so they can take advantage of biotechnology to help solve the continent's food problems. Full text...

  • Malaysian investors eye oil palm sector in Cameroon
    14 november 2003 15:24:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A Malaysian delegation has arrived in Cameroon to evaluate investment opportunities in the palm oil sector of the country. Full text...

  • Animal diseases threaten Southern Africa
    14 november 2003 11:31:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (TADs) are threatening the livelihood of millions of vulnerable people in Southern Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Muluzi expresses shame at Malawi's economic practices
    14 november 2003 09:53:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi President Bakili Muluzi has expressed shame at the country's poor economic policies since his rule in 1994. Full text...

  • Ghana reports increase in agriculture exports
    13 november 2003 20:53:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's agricultural exports increased dramatically from 22 million dollars in 1992 to 85 million dollars in 2002, a senior official affirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Central Bank guarantees four billion-Naira agric loans
    13 november 2003 16:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has guaranteed 338,727 agricultural loans totalling 4. Full text...

  • FAO props Uganda to upgrade varsity veterinary curricular
    13 november 2003 15:21:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) is to prop Uganda's learning standards in veterinary science with a US$77,000 grant to harmonise its curriculum with universities in East and Southern Africa. Full text...

  • CILSS adopts provisional timetable against famine
    12 november 2003 15:15:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) has adopted a provisional timetable to better control and prevent food crises in the Sahel, the local media reported here Wednesday. Full text...

  • FAO funds East Africa's dreaded fruit fly fight
    12 november 2003 14:32:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has given a grant of US$345,000 to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to contain the threat of a new breed of fruit fly, destroying tropical fruits and vegetables in the East African region. Full text...

  • Coalition pleads for African farmers
    10 november 2003 08:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Interests of small scale African farmers need to be safeguarded within the international trade system, the Coalition of African Organizations for food Security and Sustainable Development (COASAD) has told the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Full text...

  • UN envoy tells Ethiopians to reduce food aid dependency
    07 november 2003 16:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia must extricate itself from food-aid dependency that has characterised the Horn of Africa country for the last two decades, former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari stressed here Friday. Full text...

  • Cereal output hits 14 million tonnes in CILSS States
    07 november 2003 11:23:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Cereal production in the nine members States of the Inter-state Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), except Chad, would exceed 14. Full text...

  • Threat of locust invasion looms in northern Mali
    05 november 2003 15:43:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government has expressed "deep concern" over a probable invasion by desert locusts in the northern parts of the country, following heavy rainfall recorded this year. Full text...

  • Anti-locust campaign kicks off in Mauritania
    04 november 2003 15:28:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A national campaign against desert locusts for the farming season 2003/2004 has been launched in Mauritania, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Anti-locust campaign kicks off in Mauritania
    04 november 2003 14:00:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A national campaign against desert locusts for the farming season 2003/2004 has been launched in Mauritania, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • EU aid to enhance quality of Uganda's export grains
    04 november 2003 12:50:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda Grain Traders Limited (UGTL) has embarked on a 1. Full text...

  • FAO warns of imminent rice shortage
    04 november 2003 09:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- FAO director general Jacques Diouf has at the launch of the International Year of Rice (2004) warned that the cereal, which the staple food of more than half the world's population is facing serious production constraints as land and water resources diminish at an alarming rate. Full text...

  • Mali produced more than 3.3 million tonnes of cereals
    03 november 2003 23:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali cereal production rose from above 2. Full text...

  • Kenyan group, USAID to boost small-scale farming
    03 november 2003 11:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Business Development Services (KBDS) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have formed a consortium with three local scientific and agricultural institutions to implement a small scale farmer development program in Kenya's eastern province. Full text...

  • Growing Arab fertiliser industry seeks technological advance
    03 november 2003 11:33:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Arab fertiliser industry is witnessing a steady growth and development in terms of quantity and quality, a meeting of the Arab Fertiliser Association (AFA) heard here at the weekend. Full text...

  • Togolese government purchases maize surplus
    02 november 2003 11:46:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's agriculture, livestock and fisheries minister Komikpim Bamnante launched earlier this week a campaign to purchase surplus maize estimated at 44,000 tonnes harvested during the 2002-2003 season. Full text...

  • New foot and mouth breaks out in Zimbabwe
    31 october 2003 10:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Veterinary officials in Zimbabwe Friday reported new outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in the country's four districts, the latest in a series recently. Full text...

  • Ivorian farmers get fund
    30 october 2003 23:25:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An Inter-professional Fund for Agricultural Research (FIRCA) has been set up in Cote d'Ivoire to help finance agricultural activities. Full text...

  • Zambia collects fencing materials for border districts
    29 october 2003 17:16:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has begun sending building materials to three rural districts bordering Angola where work will soon start to erect a cordon to contain a dreaded cattle disease, the Contagious Bovine Pleuro-Pneumonia (CBPP). Full text...

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