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  • Experts say rich nations weaken agriculture in poor countries
    26 august 2003 15:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Subsidies and protectionism by industrialised nations cost developing countries about $24 billion annually in lost agricultural and agro-industrial income, a study released Tuesday by the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) disclosed. Full text...

  • African coffee show set for Nairobi in February 2004
    26 august 2003 15:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Coffee producers and buyers will stage an exhibition of African fine coffees 19-22 February 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya, industry sources confirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudanese cotton, other agricultural potential lie under-tapped
    26 august 2003 10:04:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Although the land resources in Africa's largest country are vast, political instability deters foreign investment in Sudan, where millions of hectares of land lie fallow. Full text...

  • Ivorian cotton firm loses 1 billion FCFA due to war
    25 august 2003 23:28:00
    Korhogo- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's Cotton Company (LCCI) has incurred losses estimated at 1 billion FCFA since the political crisis erupted on 19 September 2002, according to its director of agricultural, Diomandé Ségbè. Full text...

  • Coconut mealybug reported in Cape Verde
    25 august 2003 11:08:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Antonio Querido, chairman of the National Agricultural Research and Development Institute of Cape Verde (INIDA) said at the weekend that coconut mealybug has been reported in the islands of Santo Antao and Maio, conceding that the institute did not have the means to fight the pest. Full text...

  • Zambian coffee growers attend regional training
    22 august 2003 18:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A two-day seminar for members of the Zambia Coffee Growers Association (ZCGA) got underway in Lusaka Friday, with the aim of improving the quality of coffee from East and Southern Africa. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean government seizes more farms from whites
    22 august 2003 17:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government, undeterred by continuing international criticism of its controversial land policies, Friday seized more than 100 farms from white farmers to resettle landless peasants. Full text...

  • SADC lags in food security despite marginal recovery
    22 august 2003 12:41:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Though food security conditions in many parts of Southern Africa marginally improved in the past year, analysts express pessimism about long-term regional food security, judging from two consecutive droughts in the region. Full text...

  • Coffee experts say growers' only rescue is quality excellence
    22 august 2003 11:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Improved quality of coffee is the only option left for growers of the crop in eastern Africa to emerge from the rocky times and better their prospects, market researchers emphasised. Full text...

  • Foot and Mouth disease spreads in Zimbabwe
    20 august 2003 19:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A top veterinary official in Zimbabwe said Wednesday that an outbreak of Foot and Mouth near the capital Harare had spread to other areas despite efforts to bring it under control. Full text...

  • Aid agency says food situation worsening in Zimbabwe
    19 august 2003 18:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Food shortages are worsening in Zimbabwe with harvests from this year's farming season running out in most areas, FOSENET, an umbrella body for several local and international NGOs has warned. Full text...

  • Consumer prices remain stable in Mali
    18 august 2003 23:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The price of millet, maize and rice in Mali remained stable in the first half of August, the National statistics and computing department (DNSI) told PANA Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's flower production, exports fall
    18 august 2003 18:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Flower Growers Association of Zimbabwe said Monday that export volumes and earnings from the commodity for the year ended July, had fallen compared to the corresponding period in 2002, and attributed the decline to government's controversial land reforms, which had driven many producers off their farms. Full text...

  • Six COMESA countries register food surplus
    18 august 2003 14:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Six member countries of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) recorded cereal production surplus estimated at 550,000 tons at the end of the 2002/2003 farming season, COMESA spokesperson Mweusi Karake said in Lusaka Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earns $100 million from tobacco
    18 august 2003 12:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's tobacco auctioneers said Monday the country had earned 100 million US dollars from exports of 47 million kilogrammes of the crop, about half the nation's output this year. Full text...

  • Agency predicts more rainfall in the Sahel
    17 august 2003 22:02:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Africa's Sahelian belt would continue to record substantial rainfall until 23 August, according to the weather agency of the Niger-based Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). Full text...

  • China joins fight against locusts in Guinea Bissau
    15 august 2003 09:13:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- China has granted 150,000 dollars to support the fight against locust swarms, which affect some regions in Guinea Bissau, official sources said here Friday. Full text...

  • Input shortages threaten farming in Zimbabwe
    14 august 2003 19:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Shaderick Bepura is a desperate man, or a would-be farmer, to be precise. Full text...

  • German NGO opens up Ethiopia's remote communities
    14 august 2003 12:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Thanks to the vision of German Agro Action (GAA), a development co-operation NGO, Ethiopia's out-of-the-way communities are seeing their first light on development. Full text...

  • Fresh cattle disease breaks out in Zimbabwe
    13 august 2003 19:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Agriculture officials in Zimbabwe Wednesday reported a new outbreak of foot and mouth disease on farms near here, weeks after an earlier outbreak prompted a nation-wide vaccination of cattle. Full text...

  • Mauritania braces for locust invasion
    13 august 2003 13:35:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian Rural Development and Environment Ministry and the National Locust Control Services, have expressed fears about possible large scale locust invasion, following heavy rains in several areas of the country in recent days. Full text...

  • WFP welcomes EU 25 million-Euro donation to Zimbabwe
    13 august 2003 12:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Thursday welcomed the 25 million-Euro donation from the European Commission to help alleviate widespread hunger in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to import maize seeds to meet local demand
    10 august 2003 15:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Low domestic production would constrain Zimbabwe to import maize seeds worth 22 million US dollar for the farming season starting in October, a top official said here Sunday. Full text...

  • WFP says 500,000 face severe hunger in DR Congo
    09 august 2003 19:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- As fighting continues in the east of the DR Congo, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that nearly half a million displaced people face severe hunger, because its appeal for emergency food has gone largely unanswered. Full text...

  • Italy supports Mauritanian livestock farmers
    09 august 2003 16:09:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Italian government has granted 155,000 Euro to cattle breeders in Mauritania's south-eastern Trarza region, official sources said Saturday. Full text...

  • Pleuropneumonia outbreak threatens Kenya's livestock
    07 august 2003 22:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's livestock sub-sector is on the spot following an outbreak of a rare livestock disease in one of the country's major livestock producing areas in the country's Eastern Province. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe weather agency predicts normal rainfall
    07 august 2003 14:13:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The national weather agency in Zimbabwe Thursday predicted normal rainfall in the country for the next farming season starting in October, reversing two years of consecutive drought. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean white farmers attack government's land reforms
    06 august 2003 18:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embattled white farmers said Wednesday government agrarian reforms had ruined agriculture in the country and urged a review of the policy if Zimbabwe is to regain its position as a net-food exporter. Full text...

  • Senegal launches 5-year national agricultural programme
    06 august 2003 17:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal Tuesday launched a five-year national agricultural development programme, which kicks off in January 2004. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt seizes more farms from whites
    06 august 2003 14:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government Wednesday seized 152 more farms from white landowners to resettle landless blacks, as embattled white farmers began an annual congress to map out their uncertain future in the industry. Full text...

  • Locusts threaten farming season in Senegal
    06 august 2003 14:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Plant Protection Department (DPV) of Senegal has announced the appearance of desert locusts in the central and southern parts of the country, which could compromise yields from the ongoing farming season. Full text...

  • Drought shrivels Ethiopia's coffee export receipts
    06 august 2003 10:40:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Faced with food insecurity after a two-year drought reduced agricultural production, Ethiopia has suffered a further drop in its earnings from coffee exports during the past 12 months. Full text...

  • British fashion designer Hamnet visits Mali's cotton farmers
    05 august 2003 23:15:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- British fashion designer Katharine Hamnet, who is an ambassador for the British NGO Oxfam, has just ended a tour of Mali to see for herself the "tragedy of cotton farmers" in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya to tap water for irrigation
    05 august 2003 09:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Legislators from Kenya's arid and semi arid Eastern region have resolved to tap water from Athi and Tana Rivers to alleviate food dependency and perennial water shortage facing the area. Full text...

  • MP urges African farmers to diversify farming activities
    04 august 2003 22:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A South African MP has urged African farmers to take farming seriously by diversifying their farming operations since agriculture was the backbone of any economy. Full text...

  • Over 1.5 million may need food aid in Tanzania
    04 august 2003 20:20:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Nearly 1. Full text...

  • Embattled Zimbabwean white farmers ponder future
    04 august 2003 17:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's beleaguered white farmers are to hold a congress Wednesday on their future in the country's agriculture industry, their spokesman said Monday. Full text...

  • Tobacco auctions resume in Zimbabwe after farmers protests
    04 august 2003 17:19:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco auction houses in Zimbabwe re-opened Monday after trading was forced to close at the end of last week by farmers protesting low prices offered by merchants. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe embarks on massive cattle re-stocking
    04 august 2003 13:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Monday announced a massive cattle re-stocking exercise to re-build the national herd crippled by drought and a controversial resettlement programme. Full text...

  • Bissau needs nearly $3 billion to stop locust invasion
    02 august 2003 19:30:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- A government official says Guinea- Bissau needs about $2,942,533 to stop invasion by the senegalaesis type locusts, currently destroying crops in eastern parts of the country. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana sees renewed fight necessary against poverty
    02 august 2003 17:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Visiting Malagasy president, Marc Ravalomanana, on Saturday suggested that African needs new leaders who can give fresh guidance to the people and pull them out of poverty. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana inspects Zambian agricultural fair grounds
    02 august 2003 14:50:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Visiting Malagasy President Marc Ravalomanana began official activities here Saturday by touring stands at the Zambia Agricultural and Show-grounds where various farm produce, implements and support services are on exhibition. Full text...

  • Wheat production drops in Zimbabwe
    01 august 2003 18:56:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean farmers predicted Friday that winter wheat output would fall sharply this year and force the country to import large quantities, because of a combination of government land policies and high production costs. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean government seizes more farms from whites
    01 august 2003 18:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Friday listed almost 100 farms owned by whites for acquisition for resettlement, in the latest wave of land seizures which has driven off thousands of commercial landowners from their properties since 2000. Full text...

  • Farmers disrupt tobacco auctions in Zimbabwe
    01 august 2003 18:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco auction floors in Zimbabwe were Friday forced to shut down by angry farmers protesting low prices, which they said were being manipulated by merchants. Full text...

  • Kibaki wants 'Marshall Plan' for sugar industry
    31 july 2003 17:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As Kenyan sugarcane farmers reel under the effects of cheaper sugar imports from the COMESA region, President Mwai Kibaki on Thursday called on stakeholders in the sugar industry to come up with a "Marshall" type of plan that would get the sector back on its feet. Full text...

  • Algeria expects more cereal yield this year.
    31 july 2003 13:48:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria expects a harvest of between four million and 4. Full text...

  • FAO boss arrives on three-day visit to Mauritania
    29 july 2003 22:48:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Jacques Diouf, director general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), arrived here Tuesday at the start of a three-day official visit to Mauritania. Full text...

  • Locusts ravish food crops in Guinea Bissau
    29 july 2003 21:14:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The bulk of cereal crops cultivated during this year's farming season have been destroyed by locusts in the Cabu region, about 200 km east of Bissau, Secretary of State for Agriculture, Domingos Ndam, has disclosed here. Full text...

  • Major wine, fruit growers show opens in Cape Town
    29 july 2003 20:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The International Farmers and Fruit Growers Expo began in Cape Town Tuesday with 165 companies from nine countries showcasing the latest innovation in vineyard and orchard implements and equipment for the wine, fruit and juice industries. Full text...

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