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  • Reunion reports rise in sugar output in 2003
    08 january 2004 12:19:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion's sugar cane production stood at 1,916,287 tonnes in 2003, up from 1,811,396 in 2002, the French overseas departments' central bank, IEDOM, has reported. Full text...

  • Mali earns 18 billion FCFA from Banana
    07 january 2004 23:14:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali earns some 18 billion CFA francs annually from banana sales, according to a report by the producers' association. Full text...

  • Nigeria woos Southern African farmers
    07 january 2004 10:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has set up a committee to work out the modalities for bringing Southern African farmers, mostly from Zimbabwe, to Nigeria to invest in the agricultural sector, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal posts record cereal production in 2003
    30 december 2003 19:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal produced a record 1. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe reports fresh Foot and Mouth outbreak
    30 december 2003 07:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Veterinary officials in Zimbabwe Tuesday reported a fresh outbreak of foot and mouth disease in southern and central provinces, conceding failure to eradicate the disease, which has led to the suspension of the country's beef exports. Full text...

  • Algeria elected FAO council member
    28 december 2003 11:00:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria has been elected to the Council of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which concluded its 32nd session in Rome recently. Full text...

  • 2003, a bad coffee year in Angola
    26 december 2003 17:46:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola produced 700,000 tons of coffee in 2003, in one of its worst seasons, according to the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Gilberto Buta Lutukuta. Full text...

  • Algerian locust control team in Mauritania
    26 december 2003 17:13:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- A team from the Algerian National Institute for Plant Protection is in Mauritania to boost a locust control programme, the Algerian Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry said in a statement. Full text...

  • South Africa issues alert after mad cow disease in US
    24 december 2003 11:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa has issued a precautionary ban on the importation of all possible risk materials from the US following a reported case of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy or mad cow disease) that was detected in the United States. Full text...

  • Mauritania adopts plan to combat locusts
    19 december 2003 15:52:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritania government has adopted a three-phase plan to combat desert locusts in the country, official sources told PANA Friday. Full text...

  • Western Sudan conflict victims in dire need of food aid
    19 december 2003 13:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The World Food Programme has warned that more than a million people displaced by the conflict in Greater Darfur, western Sudan are in desperate need of food assistance. Full text...

  • Niger records cereal surplus for third year running
    18 december 2003 23:46:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- President Mamadou Tandja of Niger Thursday said cereal surpluses of 463,897 tonnes harvested in the current year fulfilled the expectations of his compatriots. Full text...

  • South African maize price hike affects WFP
    18 december 2003 15:51:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The hike in the price of maize in South Africa has forced the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to look elsewhere for the procurement of food for its emergency operation in southern Africa, WFP officials said. Full text...

  • Tanzanian pyrethrum farmers at crossroads
    16 december 2003 15:05:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania's pyrethrum industry, once an important foreign exchange earner, faces crisis after a third disappointing year marred by a prolonged world market glut, driving many frustrated farmers to uproot their fields. Full text...

  • Cameroon raises funds for FAO food security scheme
    12 december 2003 19:40:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian Prime Minister Peter Mafany Musonge chaired a fund raising function here Friday, with the proceeds destined for world food security. Full text...

  • Cotton production falls in Zimbabwe
    12 december 2003 07:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Cotton farmers in Zimbabwe said Friday high input costs and lack of funding drastically reduced production by half this year, and warned of further declines if the problems were not addressed. Full text...

  • Official unimpressed with Mozambique's cashew production level
    11 december 2003 20:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's Deputy Agriculture Minister Joao Carrilho said Thursday that despite subsidies to peasant farmers, cashew production in the country remained low. Full text...

  • Concern heightens over slow response to Tanzanian food appeal
    11 december 2003 19:00:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania's appeal for food aid and seeds to plug a gapping deficit has attracted little response from donors so far, even as rising prices put grain out of the reach of thousands of poor families facing hunger. Full text...

  • Mozambican farmers to sell soybean to Norway
    11 december 2003 18:42:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A group of 3,000 farmers in Mozambique's northern province of Nampula is to export soybean to the Norwegian agricultural purchasing and marketing co-operative, Felleskjopet, the Mozambican news agency, AIM reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria gets USD$32 million ADF agric development loan
    11 december 2003 16:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Development Fund (ADF), an arm of the African Development Bank (ADB) Group, has approved a loan of 22 million Units of Account, equivalent to 31. Full text...

  • 8,000 Rwandan families face hunger in Bugesera
    10 december 2003 23:18:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Some 8,000 families currently face hunger in Bugesera district, about 30 km west of Kigali, State radio reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania's cotton output hits all-time low
    10 december 2003 11:46:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Cotton production in Tanzania is this year projected to plummet by 28,000 tonnes from 187,886 tonnes last season, further lowering farmers' earnings already hobbled by falling world market prices. Full text...

  • 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...

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