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  • FAO commends fish trade in developing countries
    14 february 2004 09:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Net revenues from fish trade (exports minus imports) by developing countries recently reached $17. Full text...

  • Bird flu virus still not under control, FAO warns
    13 february 2004 13:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Friday urged countries to remain vigilant as the spread of the avian influenza virus in several Asian countries was still not under control. Full text...

  • Austrian farmers visit rural Ethiopia
    13 february 2004 09:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A delegation of 14 Austrian farmers Friday began a four-day tour of Ethiopia's north-western Amhara State to exchange ideas with their local counterparts. Full text...

  • Kadhafi calls for new African water strategy
    12 february 2004 19:21:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi on Thursday underscored in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, the importance of adopting a unified African strategy and drawing a new map that will include aspects of the exploitation of the continent's water resources. Full text...

  • African Agriculture ministers meet in Tripoli
    12 february 2004 16:46:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A conference on the challenges of integrated and sustainable development is underway here, with Agriculture and Water ministers from across Africa attending. Full text...

  • International rice conference opens in Rome
    12 february 2004 14:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Intensification of rice production in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner is essential for food security, particularly in Asia and Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Thursday. Full text...

  • African agricultural, water experts meet in Tripoli
    09 february 2004 23:24:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- African agriculture and water experts started a two-day meeting here Monday to examine the rational utilisation of the continent's water resources for the development of sustainable agriculture. Full text...

  • Horticultural crops earn Zimbabwe US$110 million
    08 february 2004 11:22:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe earned US$110 million from horticulture exports last year, a body representing growers and exporters said Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenyan cotton growers want stronger Act on sector
    06 february 2004 16:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Cotton Growers Association (KCGA) and stakeholders in the cotton sub-sector are urging parliament to review the current Cotton Act with the aim of providing "strong and beneficial regulations" in the industry. Full text...

  • Gabon suspends poultry imports from Asia
    06 february 2004 11:44:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon has indefinitely suspended importation of meat and poultry products from Asia, due to the outbreak of bird flu that has killed about 15 people on the continent. Full text...

  • Oil firm, USAID to prop agricultural development in Angola
    05 february 2004 12:20:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Cabinda Gulf Oil Company (CABGOC) has pledged support for the development of commercial agriculture in the Angolan oil-producing province of Cabinda. Full text...

  • Mauritania battles against massive locust invasion
    04 february 2004 16:27:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Locusts have massively invaded Mauritania, particularly the country's north, the national news agency reported Wednesday, quoting a bulletin issued by the Anti-Locusts Centre (CLA). Full text...

  • Liberia bans Asian poultry over bird flu scare
    04 february 2004 16:26:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian authorities have banned the import of poultry products from Asia in the wake of an outbreak of avian influenza in some Asian countries. Full text...

  • WFP receives donation for over 150,000 Sahrawis
    03 february 2004 18:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The European Commission on Tuesday announced a donation of 3. Full text...

  • Red Cross warns of serious food crisis in Eritrea
    03 february 2004 16:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRCRC) has warned of a looming food crisis in Eritrea and called for emergency aid for an estimated 1. Full text...

  • FAO conference to address hurdles in rice production
    03 february 2004 12:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- For two days next week rice will be on the table in Rome for experts from all continents seeking to improve production of the crop that has become the staple food of more than half of the world population. Full text...

  • Pesticides shortage hampers Mauritania's locust battle
    30 january 2004 16:59:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Task teams combating the proliferation of locusts in northern Mauritania are finding their work more difficult due to shortage of pesticides, an official has said. Full text...

  • African agro-scientists opt for bioscience technology
    30 january 2004 14:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Scientists from East and Central Africa have resolved to embrace the application of bioscience technology to improve crop and livestock productivity on the continent. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean government seizes more white-owned farms
    30 january 2004 12:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Friday listed 112 more white-owned farms for compulsory seizure to resettle landless peasants under its controversial agrarian reform programme. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe imports maize from South Africa
    30 january 2004 11:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has imported 70,000 tons of maize from South Africa to help avert mass starvation due to drought, Samuel Muvuti, chief executive of Zimbabwe's Grain Marketing Board said Friday. Full text...

  • NEPAD earmarks US$7.8 million for agric research in Kenya
    30 january 2004 10:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) is to invest some 600 million Kenya shillings (about 7. Full text...

  • Cameroon seeks to offset palm oil deficit
    29 january 2004 23:16:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- In a move to replace ageing trees on oil palm plantations that have produced a deficit of 200,000 tonnes of oil yearly on the national market for the past three years, the Cameroonian government has launched support to rural farmers to boost oil palm farming. Full text...

  • WFP to buy 50 tonnes of food from Sahelian states
    28 january 2004 23:33:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- World Food Programme (WFP) plans to buy 50,000 tonnes of cereals from several member countries of the Inter-State Committee for the Control of Drought in the Sahel (CILSS) to build-up its food reserves, the UN agency's regional director Manuel Aranda Da Silva said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritania launches satellite surveillance of fisheries
    28 january 2004 11:54:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Fisheries and Maritime Economy minister Bâ Mamadou has launched a project for satellite surveillance of Mauritania's fisheries. Full text...

  • Task team alerts South African farmers against soya rust
    28 january 2004 09:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The first report of soya rust in the current season has come from KwaZulu-Natal in the Eastern Cape region, Grain South Africa warned here Wednesday, advising farmers to monitor their soybean fields. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe gets credit to buy farm implements from Malaysia
    27 january 2004 17:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Malaysia has given Zimbabwe a 10 million-US-dollar credit to buy farm inputs and implements from the Asian nation, Agriculture Minister Joseph Made said in Harare Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia woos Kenyan farm investors
    27 january 2004 17:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Zambian High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Kenya, Enock Chikamba, Tuesday invited Kenyan farmers to his country to grow crops for export. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe increases flower output, exports
    27 january 2004 16:52:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Flower growers in Zimbabwe recorded marginal increase in production and export of the crop in the last six months ended December 2003, owing to better weather. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe says foot-and-mouth disease under control
    26 january 2004 14:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A top agriculture official in Zimbabwe said Monday the country had virtually brought under control the foot-and-mouth disease, which outbreak has forced a three-year suspension of beef exports. Full text...

  • African veterinarians urge more surveillance against RVF
    23 january 2004 16:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Veterinarians have called for greater surveillance against Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in the West and Central African sub-regions. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earns $300 million from tobacco
    23 january 2004 10:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A tobacco industry group in Zimbabwe said Friday the country earned a total of US$318 million from exports of the crop last year, down from US$425 million in 2002. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt seizes more white-owned farms
    23 january 2004 10:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The authorities in Zimbabwe, pressing ahead with controversial land reforms, Friday listed a total of 117 new white-owned farms for compulsory seizure to resettle landless peasants. Full text...

  • US-based Ethiopians aid drought-affected compatriots
    23 january 2004 08:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Friday thanked the Ethiopian Community-Association for Greater Philadelphia (ECAGP) in the United States for donating $25,810 to assist drought victims in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • FAO finds Malawi's livestock production too low
    21 january 2004 21:03:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called for urgent measures to address a shortage of livestock in Malawi. Full text...

  • Kenyan world Marathon champ Tergat joins WFP anti-hunger race
    21 january 2004 16:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Marathon world record holder Paul Tergat of Kenya was Wednesday appointed "Ambassador Against Hunger" by James Morris, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Full text...

  • Cape Verde lands $120,000 FAO investment package
    21 january 2004 13:17:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde has received $120,000 from FAO to prepare a medium-term national investment programme, as well as formulate projects of the specific programme for the development of agriculture in Africa (PDDAA). Full text...

  • Senegal hosts regional workshop on animal health
    20 january 2004 15:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A three-day regional workshop on the rift valley fever (RVF) opened here Tuesday to assess the situation of the disease in West and Central Africa, especially in Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal. Full text...

  • Pests threaten Burundi's banana crop
    16 january 2004 23:23:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Various diseases and pests constitute a major threat to bananas, a staple food in Burundi rural areas as well as in urban centres, it was revealed at a seminar here. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa promises reforms in agriculture, mining and executive
    16 january 2004 15:33:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa Friday unveiled a blueprint for what he hopes to achieve in 2004 by first soothing opposition criticism with the announcement that he was in the process of setting up a 13. Full text...

  • Ugandan president slates over-reliance on few crops
    15 january 2004 20:01:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni On Thursday criticised farmers for over-relying on a few products as the only export crops amid world market price fluctuations. Full text...

  • Malawi appeals for food aid to feed 3.5 million
    15 january 2004 09:33:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- More than three and half million Malawians or 32 percent of the country's population of 11 million, have run out food and risk starvation, second Vice-President Chakufwa Chihana disclosed Thursday. Full text...

  • Bamako hosts workshop on grass-fed livestock
    14 january 2004 13:28:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A workshop on grass-fed livestock is underway here to promote cattle, Mali's third export after gold and cotton. Full text...

  • Niger targets cash crops to revamp agro-sector in 2004
    14 january 2004 12:58:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Prime Minister Hama Amadou has said Niger was resolved to make 2004 "the year agricultural recovery", focusing on development of the cash crops sector. Full text...

  • West Africans ponder food security in Bamako
    14 january 2004 11:01:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A sub-regional workshop on food security and nutritional policies in West Africa entered its second day here with participants defining a research and action schedule to reduce hunger and improve food security in the region. Full text...

  • Nigerian official in Zimbabwe for agriculture talks
    14 january 2004 10:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Nigeria's Delta state governor, Chief James Ibori is in Zimbabwe to scout for investment in agriculture in his region, to diversify its economy away from oil. Full text...

  • Report: 7.2 million Ethiopians still need food aid
    14 january 2004 08:00:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- Despite a bumper harvest, 7. Full text...

  • Iran credits Zimbabwe 420 tractors worth $15 million
    13 january 2004 20:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe is to import 420 tractors and combine harvesters from Iran to buttress its controversial agrarian reforms, the local media reported Tuesday, quoting Agriculture Minister Joseph Made, who is currently meeting government officials in Teheran. Full text...

  • Govt deploys experts to curb anthrax in western Zambia
    13 january 2004 14:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has sent a team of veterinary experts to the Western Province where an outbreak of anthrax is reported to have killed 10 persons in the last three weeks. Full text...

  • IFDC plans 7 million euros for agriculture in West Africa
    13 january 2004 12:12:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The International Center for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development (IFDC) plans to spend 7 million euros in the next five years to develop its new project, Marketing Agri Inputs Regionally (MIR), in West Africa. Full text...

  • Bacterium threatens banana plantations in eastern DR Congo
    13 january 2004 10:05:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A bacterium, Xanthomonas Campestrix Musacearum is threatening banana plantations in eastern DR Congo, the UN Radio Okapi broadcasting in Kinshasa announced on Monday. Full text...

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