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  • Libya aids Mali, Senegal in fight against locusts
    03 september 2004 11:03:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya has dispatched manpower and supplies to Mali and Senegal to assist in the fight against locusts that have invaded the two West African countries. Full text...

  • Tobacco season in Zimbabwe ends after earning $130 million
    02 september 2004 18:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- This year's tobacco auctions in Zimbabwe have closed after selling 64 million kg of the crop worth USD130 million, tobacco industry sources said Thursday here. Full text...

  • Malian leader, cabinet donate month's salary to locust fight
    02 september 2004 16:38:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian leader Amadou Toumani Toure, Prime Minister Ousmane Issoufi Maïga and cabinet ministers have decided to donate their salaries for a month as an act of solidarity in the fight against desert locusts which have devastated parts of the country, an official statement said Thursday in Bamako, the country's capital. Full text...

  • Samba urges Africa to revive locust control agency
    01 september 2004 18:39:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- After 12 West and Central African countries declared war on the devastating migratory locusts, Ebrahim Samba, WHO Regional Director for Africa, Wednesday pledged the support of the UN agency in the fight against the destructive insects, in addition to urging the revival of a continental agency set up to control the pests. Full text...

  • Donors give Burkina Faso 695 million FCFA to fight locusts
    01 september 2004 17:23:00
    Ouagadougou Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Donors have granted Burkina Faso 695,382,830 FCFA to fight desert locusts after the pests invaded the Sahelian part of the country early August, the Agriculture, Water and Fishery ministry6 confirmed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Locusts invade more than 93,000 hectares in Mali
    31 august 2004 23:42:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- More than 93,000 hectares of farmland has been invaded in Mali by locusts and only 15,600 hectares have been treated, Agriculture minister announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Newcastle disease breaks out in Zimbabwe
    31 august 2004 18:57:00
    Bindura- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Veterinary authorities in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that Newcastle disease had broken out in several districts of the country's northern Mashonaland province, wiping out thousands of chickens. Full text...

  • FAO short of funds to fight locust invasion
    30 august 2004 21:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is short of the requisite funds to fight the current locust invasion in West Africa, emergency chief Niggemann-Pucella conceded here Monday. Full text...

  • Experts meet in Dakar to strategize fighting locusts
    30 august 2004 20:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Experts from member countries of the Western Region Anti-Locust Commission (CLCCPRO) Monday started to discuss in Dakar (Senegal) a common strategy to fight the current invasion of locusts. Full text...

  • Kenyan minister identifies causes of food insecurity
    30 august 2004 18:58:00
    Nakuru- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's minister for agriculture, Kipruto arap Kirwa on Monday admitted that a poorly performing agricultural was to blame for the current food insecurity in the country, Kirwa cited the shortage of arable land due to high population growth rate, dependence on rain-fed agriculture, declining soil fertility, inadequate application of farm inputs, pests and diseases as factors hampering agricultural growth in his country. Full text...

  • Spectre of hunger looms in northern Mozambique's Nampula
    30 august 2004 16:33:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Some 300,000 could face a serious food shortage by October in the districts of Memba, Mossuril and Monapo due to a poor harvest this year in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, according to a report in Monday's issue of the Beira daily paper "Diario de Mocambique". Full text...

  • US donates 60,500 metric tons of food to Ethiopia
    30 august 2004 13:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contributed 44,000 tonnes of food valued at $22 million to the World Food Programme's Emergency Operation in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Tunisia donates 5,000 litres of pesticides to Mali
    30 august 2004 13:01:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Tunisia has donated 5,000 litres of pesticides to Mali to help the country combat an invasion of migratory locusts. Full text...

  • Malawi leader courts Zimbabwe investment
    27 august 2004 21:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Visiting Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika Friday urged Zimbabwean agro-processing companies to invest in his country to help shore up its agricultural sector. Full text...

  • Mozambique still resolved to divest in cotton firms
    27 august 2004 19:49:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government's decision to sell off its shares in local cotton companies is "irreversible", Agriculture Minister Helder Muteia has declared. Full text...

  • Dakar to host two international fora on locust plague
    27 august 2004 19:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A conference of African agriculture and defence ministers and a forum of experts are slated here for 30- 31 August to address the locusts plague confronting Africa, official sources said Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya battles invading desert locusts
    27 august 2004 15:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan agriculture ministry Friday embarked on an intensive aerial spraying of thousands of desert locusts that have invaded parts of the northern district of Isiolo, threatening crops and pasture in the arid and semi-arid area. Full text...

  • FAO props Cape Verde's fight against locusts
    27 august 2004 13:06:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has announced a grant of 120,000 dollars to help Cape Verde fight a locust invasion. Full text...

  • Tunisia sends aircraft to Mauritania to spray locusts
    27 august 2004 09:45:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia has decided to provide Mauritania with a plane and pesticides to spray locusts that have invaded that country, the Tunisia News Agency has reported. Full text...

  • Libya announces anti-locust campaign in CEN-SAD
    26 august 2004 23:36:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's foreign and international cooperation minister Abderrahman Chalgham announced Thursday the launch of a vast campaign against migrant locusts in the Community of Sahelian-Saharan Sates (CEN-SAD) to be jointly waged with several specialised international organisations. Full text...

  • China offers 2,090 tonnes of fertiliser to Niger
    26 august 2004 23:19:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The People's Republic of China has offered Niger 2,090 tonnes of fertiliser to improve its food security, official sources told PANA in Niamey Thursday. Full text...

  • More international help needed to halt locust plague in Africa
    26 august 2004 18:27:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned Thursday that more international aid was urgently needed to prevent a full-scale locust plague in parts of Africa. Full text...

  • Libya helps Sahel countries fight locust invasion
    26 august 2004 09:29:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya has pledged assistance to efforts in Mauritania, Niger and Chad to contain a locust invasion threatening agriculture in several countries across the Sahel, according to the Libyan news agency (JANA). Full text...

  • Tobacco adds $123 million to Zimbabwe coffers
    24 august 2004 21:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco merchants in Zimbabwe said Tuesday the country had earned US$123. Full text...

  • West African farmers appeal to Kadhafi over locusts
    24 august 2004 21:35:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure and current chair of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, disclosed here that millions of West African peasants have appealed to the Libyan leader, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi, to assist them in fighting the latest locust invasion threatening their crops. Full text...

  • Study berates frozen chicken imported into Cameroon
    24 august 2004 20:09:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroon Pasteur Centre (CPC) has released findings of a survey that shows over 80 percent of frozen chicken imported into the country was unfit for human consumption. Full text...

  • Expert says Africa's food security depends on economic growth
    24 august 2004 11:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- All African countries can attain food and nutrition security provided they make dedicated efforts to marshal the required human, institutional and material resources for the task, says Todd Benson, an international food consumption researcher based in the US capital of Washington, D. Full text...

  • Tunisian poultry outfit posts high gains
    24 august 2004 10:50:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Leading Tunisian poultry producer El Mazraa has reported a five-fold rise in profits in the first half of the year. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean white farmers face hard times investing in Uganda
    24 august 2004 09:07:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Raising start-up capital continues to be the biggest challenge to evicted Zimbabwean white farmers seeking to invest in commercial agriculture in Uganda, press accounts affirmed here Monday, citing investment sources. Full text...

  • EC donates 32m euro to feed drought-hit Ethiopians
    24 august 2004 08:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The European Commission has provided 32 million euro to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed three million people in need of food around Ethiopia for the next two and half months, the UN food aid agency announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia, Egypt to launch joint paddy farm near Lusaka
    23 august 2004 20:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia and Egypt have agreed to start a 200-hectare farm near Lusaka where they will engage in intensive cultivation of paddy and other cash crops, ministers from the two countries disclosed here on Monday. Full text...

  • FAO warns AIDS to adversely impact food, agric in Africa
    23 august 2004 19:01:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The HIV/AIDS scourge is a threat to subsistence agriculture in southern and eastern Africa, impoverishing farming households and cutting off the transfer of vital know-know about traditional crops to upcoming generation, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned Monday. Full text...

  • US chips in $2.6m to combat locust invasion
    20 august 2004 10:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The United States has contributed $2. Full text...

  • Locusts invade parts of northern Nigeria
    19 august 2004 15:45:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Locusts swarming across parts of northern and western Africa have invaded parts of northern Nigeria, affecting hectares of farmland, according to officials of the affected states. Full text...

  • More Ethiopians need food handouts for survival
    19 august 2004 10:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Due to poor rainfall in parts of Ethiopia this year, approximately 8. Full text...

  • Portugal donates farm inputs to Guinea Bissau
    18 august 2004 23:06:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Portugal Wednesday donated 18 tonnes of seeds and farm tools estimated at 60,000 euro to Guinea-Bissau, diplomatic sources confirmed here. Full text...

  • FAO chief Diouf in Mauritania over locusts invasion
    17 august 2004 21:11:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director General, Jacques Diouf arrived in Nouakchott Tuesday on a day's visit to Mauritania in connection with the devastating locusts that have invaded farms lands in the country. Full text...

  • Bird flu drives chicks prices up in Mozambique
    16 august 2004 18:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The price of day-old chicks has risen in Maputo from 12,000 to 15,000 meticais following Mozambique's ban on the import of poultry products from neighbouring South Africa, hit by an outbreak of bird flu, national news agency, AIM reported Monday. Full text...

  • FAO boss due in Dakar Wednesday
    16 august 2004 17:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Jacques Diouf, Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is expected in Dakar Wednesday on a working visit to Senegal, official sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Gambian minister meets farmers on imminent locust invasion
    14 august 2004 19:02:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia's Agriculture minister Sulayman Mboob has been touring farming communities to assess production and mobilise support for the campaign against an imminent locust invasion. Full text...

  • Secrecy could threaten access to food in Zimbabwe, warns HRW
    13 august 2004 15:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Friday that the Harare government's "lack of transparency" on grain availability could jeopardise access to food for millions of Zimbabweans in the coming months. Full text...

  • Guinea launches campaign against locusts
    12 august 2004 23:48:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean authorities have launched a campaign to prevent an invasion by migratory locusts in Kindia region, 137-km east of Conakry, the national radio reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia seeks $1.3 million to fight locusts
    12 august 2004 20:15:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Agriculture minister Sulayman Mboob Thursday disclosed that Gambia needed US$1. Full text...

  • Mozambique destroys imported poultry from South Africa
    12 august 2004 17:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican health authorities have seized and destroyed some 44 boxes of frozen chickens and 321 dozen eggs imported from South Africa, where a bird flu epidemic has been reported. Full text...

  • IITA enhances Nigerian biosafety capacity
    12 august 2004 12:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A team of Nigerian government officials are attending a special weeklong workshop on biosafety at the St Louis-based Donald Danforth Plant Science Centre in the US, a statement from the Nigeria-based IITA said Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe exports less horticultural products
    11 august 2004 19:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Horticultural producers in Zimbabwe said Wednesday exports dropped last year to US$118. Full text...

  • Algeria props Mali's anti-locust campaign
    11 august 2004 18:08:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Algeria has donated more than 14,000 litres of pesticides, 100 protection kits and 100 treatment equipment to Mali for the combat of locusts. Full text...

  • Bird flu: Mozambique may import poultry products from Europe
    11 august 2004 17:58:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican poultry farmers and importers are considering importing chicks and eggs for breeding from Europe following the ban imposed this week by Mozambican authorities on the import of South African poultry produce because of a bird flu outbreak, national news agency, AIM reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Locusts invade Cape Verde's Fogo Island
    10 august 2004 23:02:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Swarms of locusts from West African countries have been detected on the Cape Verdean island of Fogo for the second time within one months, informed sources told PANA in Praia Tuesday. Full text...

  • EU grants 48 million euros to Mozambique agro-sector
    10 august 2004 20:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) will grant 48 million euros to support the Mozambican agricultural sector from 2004-2006, the head of delegation of the European Commission in Mozambique, Pinto Teixeira, has disclosed. Full text...

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