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  • 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...

  • FAO urges stricter measures against Mad Cow disease
    13 january 2004 09:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The discovery of the first case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or mad-cow disease in the US last month highlights the need for countries to strengthen control measures, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) stressed in a statement Tuesday. Full text...

  • Dairy cattle census to be held in Kenya
    10 january 2004 16:53:00
    Nyeri- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Dairy Board will in February conduct a nation-wide census of all dairy animals in the country to enable it have accurate data on the sector for planning purposes. Full text...

  • Malawi braces for looming food crisis
    10 january 2004 12:52:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi has set up a crisis committee to stem famine following continued drought that has hit the country, Deputy Agriculture, Irrigation and Food Security Minister Henry Mussa has said. Full text...

  • Museveni, Wade to address African food, nutrition meeting
    10 january 2004 11:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal are to address a three-day Africa conference on food and nutrition slated for Kampala 1-3 April, the organisers said. Full text...

  • Official blames media for sharp rises in Mozambican food items
    09 january 2004 20:06:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Joao Loureiro, Director of Mozambique's National Statistics Institute (INE) Friday blamed the media for the sharp rises in the prices of foodstuffs in Maputo over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean government seizes more white farms
    09 january 2004 17:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The government in Zimbabwe Friday listed 68 more white-owned farms for compulsory acquisition under its controversial agrarian reform programme, widely blamed alongside drought for causing food shortages in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe launches mass cattle vaccination for anthrax
    09 january 2004 16:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Veterinary officials in Zimbabwe said Friday they had launched mass vaccinations of cattle in the south of the country where the disease has claimed the lives of five people and scores of animals recently. Full text...

  • 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...

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