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  • Zimbabwe govt seizes more farms from whites
    04 june 2004 16:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Friday listed 354 white-owned farms for compulsory acquisition under its land reforms that have sparked controversy around the world. Full text...

  • Govt psurs farmers in Niger to grow more cotton
    03 june 2004 23:14:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The government in Niger has given cotton farmers throughout the country 1,500 tons of seeds to help them boost production, agricultural development minister Abari Maï Moussa disclosed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mozambique issues new cotton prices
    02 june 2004 18:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's National Prices and Wages Commission Wednesday published new prices of raw cotton for the harvest season beginning this week. Full text...

  • Zambia ready to yield second successive bumper harvest
    02 june 2004 16:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia is forecasting a maize bumper crop for the second successive season, with the possibility of being able to export some of it to the region as happened last year, Zambian Agriculture Minister Mundia Sikatana said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burundi records rise in coffee production
    28 may 2004 13:23:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Coffee production in Burundi is expected to reach about 35,000 marketable tons in 2004, a spectacular rise over 7,000 tons harvested in 2003, Barthelemy Niyikiza, director general of the national coffee office has said. Full text...

  • Civil war stifles Ivorian rice production
    27 may 2004 21:52:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The civil war in Côte d'Ivoire has adversely affected rice production in the country, according Kanayo Nwanze, Managing Director of the Abidjan-based Africa Rice Centre (WARDA). Full text...

  • Zimbabwean white farmer kills black settler
    27 may 2004 20:32:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean white farmer, angered by the acquisition of part of his farm by the government, allegedly shot and killed a black farmer resettled on the property, police said Thursday. Full text...

  • Morocco to resume dairy cattle imports in October
    27 may 2004 10:18:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco said it would resume its dairy cattle imports starting in October 2004, official sources have said in Rabat, the country's capital. Full text...

  • Zambia to showcase mining potential at Copperbelt show
    26 may 2004 15:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's mining potential goes on public display Thursday when the long awaited Copperbelt Mining, Agricultural and Commercial Show opens its doors to both visiting investors and thrill seekers. Full text...

  • Mozambique targets 2 million tons of grain, vegetables
    24 may 2004 17:42:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique plans to harvest more than two million tons of crops this year, according to the National Agricultural Development Programme (PROAGRI). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe forecasts increased horticulture exports
    23 may 2004 20:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Horticultural producers in Zimbabwe said Sunday the country would increase export earnings this year by 400 percent to 120 billion Zimdollars (ZD 5,300 = 1 USD) due to high demand on international markets. Full text...

  • Kenya govt moves to rekindle interest in cotton farming
    23 may 2004 10:27:00
    Lamu- Kenya (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of waning interest in cotton farming in especially the coastal town of Lamu, the government of Kenya has indicated moves to encourage disgruntled growers. Full text...

  • Locusts threat northern Niger
    22 may 2004 20:14:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The situation remains worrying in Niger where desert locusts are present throughout the north on areas from 700 ha to 2,500 ha, said the Regional Agro-Meteorological Centre (AGRHYMET) in its latest report. Full text...

  • Obasanjo canvasses more support for Zimbabwean farmers
    21 may 2004 11:00:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has continued to canvass the support of his compatriots for the Zimbabwean farmers who have indicated their intention to invest in the Nigeria agricultural sector. Full text...

  • No fowl allergies in Libya's poultry farm project - Centre
    20 may 2004 18:00:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's Technical Centre for Animal Health has denied the existence of any diseases related to "bird allergies" at a state-owned chicken farming project in Libya. Full text...

  • US$18 million programme to boost agric in Volta Basin
    19 may 2004 19:20:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Agricultural activities around the Volta River Basin straddling five West African countries received a major boost Tuesday with the launch of an 18-million US-dollar Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research Challenge (CGIAR) Programme on Water and Food in the area. Full text...

  • South Africa contains African Horse Sickness
    18 may 2004 21:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Department of Agriculture in South Africa Tuesday said the quarantine imposed due to the outbreak of African Horse Sickness in the Western Cape has been lifted in the Stellenbosch and Somerset West Magisterial Districts. Full text...

  • AGOA III: Mauritian PM pleads for Africa
    18 may 2004 15:16:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Paul Berenger said he pleaded for favourable terms of trade for Africa during his meeting with US President George W. Full text...

  • Govt promotes mass growing of Macadamia in Rwanda
    17 may 2004 21:54:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Rwandan government will on Tuesday launch a massive campaign to grow macadamia, an export fruit product highly valued on the international market, sources from the Rwandan agriculture, cattle-breeding and forestry ministry said here Monday. Full text...

  • SADC adopts plan to stymie hunger, food insecurity
    15 may 2004 16:00:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) adopted a declaration here Saturday to accelerate the development of agriculture and food security in the region, stressing the resolution was taken as a matter of urgency. Full text...

  • SADC leaders mull strategies against chronic hunger
    15 may 2004 10:34:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- An extra-ordinary summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) opened in Dar es Salaam Saturday on efforts to stem hunger and chronic food insecurity in the region. Full text...

  • Mali Sets Up Food Security Commission
    13 may 2004 15:13:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Resolved to place food security at the heart of the government's priorities, Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure has created a Food Security Commission, an official source has revealed. Full text...

  • Experts control locust menace in Algeria
    13 may 2004 13:54:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The interdepartmental locust control committee in Algeria has confirmed controlling the locust threat that hit the country recently, without loss in crops or poisoning of animals. Full text...

  • Morocco anticipates bumper cereal harvest
    13 may 2004 13:43:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Agriculture Minister Mohand Laenser has announced that Morocco projects a record cereal production of 81 million quintals during the 2003-2004 crop season, a four percent increase over the previous year. Full text...

  • Niger food situation improves
    12 may 2004 13:52:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The food situation in Niger has improved with some 3. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe boasts producing sufficient food
    12 may 2004 07:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Agriculture Minister Joseph Made said Wednesday that Zimbabwe produced enough food this year so much that it has informed international donors that it required no food aid. Full text...

  • Zuma to attend SADC food security summit
    11 may 2004 17:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy president Jacob Zuma will represent South Africa at the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) extra-ordinary Summit on Agriculture and Food Security slated for 14-15 May in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Full text...

  • WFP funds food-for-work programme in Mozambique
    10 may 2004 17:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique and the World Food Programme (WFP) Monday in Maputo signed a food-for-work programme estimated at two million US dollars to assist rural communities over five years. Full text...

  • FAO spurs global rice production
    09 may 2004 10:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a global photography contest to highlight the importance of rice as a staple food crop and a symbol of cultural and global identity, according to a release by the UN agency. Full text...

  • Kenya acts to beat EU exports requirement deadline
    08 may 2004 15:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Farmers in Kenya's Central region are undergoing a series of sensitisation workshops this month on proper record keeping of all chemicals used in their farming activities in line with a new European Union requirements on export produce. Full text...

  • Cotton production up in Zimbabwe
    06 may 2004 20:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union said Thursday that cotton output this year increased by 25 percent to 300,000 tons compared to last year. Full text...

  • FAO, WFP assess relief needs in Swaziland
    06 may 2004 12:30:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation/World Food Programme (FAO/WFP) Crop and Food Assessment Mission is in Swaziland to appraise the havoc wreaked by drought and the amount of assistance the country requires. Full text...

  • Swaziland signs FAO agriculture agreement
    06 may 2004 12:21:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Swazi government has signed a cooperation agreement with the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) within the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) envisaged in the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Algeria intensifies locust fight
    05 may 2004 20:18:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian government has spent about 750,000 US dollars to fight locust invasion, Rural Development Assistant Minister, Rachid Benaissa said in Algiers. Full text...

  • Benin launches 2004-2005 farming season
    03 may 2004 11:31:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries minister Lazare Sehoueto launched the 2004-2005 farming season in Benin this weekend at the northwestern locality of Barei, stressing mechanisation and modernisation. Full text...

  • Fowl plague devastating poultry farming in DR Congo
    01 may 2004 16:50:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- An unknown fowl disease has devastated poultry farming in Kananga, the main town in Western Kasai Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC), with chickens being the most affected lot in the plague, the Congolese News Agency (ACP) has reported. Full text...

  • Kenyan animal health officials cry foul over quacks
    30 april 2004 14:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Members of the Kenya Veterinary Association Friday claimed that quacks had invaded the profession, and challenged the authorities to assist the sector to profess and enhance professionalism in order to regain its past glory. Full text...

  • Zambia imports veterinary vaccines from Botswana
    29 april 2004 13:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has imported vaccines worth about ZMK400 million from neighbouring Botswana for the vaccination of some 25,000 animals now under threat of various veterinary diseases, including foot-and-mouth, in Zambia's southern region, chief veterinary officer Dominic Minyoi said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Angola, Botswana, Namibia discuss common water project
    28 april 2004 21:22:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Experts from Angola, Botswana and Namibia began discussions here Tuesday on the evolution of a joint study on the Okavango Basin and its water resources, official sources confirmed in the Angolan capital. Full text...

  • Mozambique harvests more in spite of drought
    28 april 2004 17:34:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Harvests of several Mozambican crops increased significantly in 2003 despite severe drought in certain parts of the country's southern and central regions, the minister of agriculture Helder Muteia said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Former Zimbabwe farmers work miracles in Zambia
    28 april 2004 12:12:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A contingent of white farmers from Zimbabwe who settled in Zambia less than two years ago have dramatically helped their adopted country increase production of burley tobacco from a mere three million kg in 2002 to 12. Full text...

  • Malnutrition stalks Ethiopians seeking food security
    28 april 2004 10:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Risks in a new venture like Ethiopia's ongoing rural resettlement operations are never eliminated, but can be reduced with meticulous management. Full text...

  • FAO needs $17m for locust control in north-west Africa
    27 april 2004 14:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Warning that the locust threat in north-west Africa was becoming "extremely serious", the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Tuesday that $17 million was needed to continue the current campaign to save crops. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe tobacco earnings increase
    26 april 2004 16:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco merchants in Zimbabwe said Monday prices of the commodity on auction floors had firmed sharply in recent days, due to high demand and better crop quality. Full text...

  • Mali hosts food security workshop
    26 april 2004 16:28:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's foreign and international co-operation minister Lassana Traoré on Monday opened an international food security conference initiated by the Human Security Network currently chaired by Bamako. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean tea firm to invest in Mozambique
    23 april 2004 17:22:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Zimbabwean tea company, Tanganda, has announced plans to establish plantations in Mozambique as part of an expansion programme, Mozambican news agency, AIM reported Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya not yet ready for GM foods - Minister
    22 april 2004 14:38:00
    Nyeri- Kenya (PANA) -- A senior Kenya government official Thursday expressed apprehension on the introduction of genetically modified foods (GM Foods), saying the country presently lacked the capacity to assess the risk of the products on consumers and the environment. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe pepper output falls
    20 april 2004 17:56:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The production of paprika (pepper) in Zimbabwe has declined to 7,000 tons this year from 10,000 tons last year due to late rains, an official said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's Agric Minister in Mozambique
    20 april 2004 17:43:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A Sierra Leonean delegation led by Agriculture Minister Sama Monde began a nine-day visit to Mozambique Tuesday for exchange of agricultural experiences. Full text...

  • Angolan cereal harvest leaves 74 percent gap
    17 april 2004 18:14:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola has recorded a 74 percent deficit in its cereal production despite harvesting 713 million tons of maize during the 2002/2003 season, officials said here. Full text...

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