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  • Secrecy could threaten access to food in Zimbabwe, warns HRW
    13 august 2004 15:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Friday that the Harare government's "lack of transparency" on grain availability could jeopardise access to food for millions of Zimbabweans in the coming months. Full text...

  • Guinea launches campaign against locusts
    12 august 2004 23:48:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean authorities have launched a campaign to prevent an invasion by migratory locusts in Kindia region, 137-km east of Conakry, the national radio reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia seeks $1.3 million to fight locusts
    12 august 2004 20:15:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Agriculture minister Sulayman Mboob Thursday disclosed that Gambia needed US$1. Full text...

  • Mozambique destroys imported poultry from South Africa
    12 august 2004 17:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican health authorities have seized and destroyed some 44 boxes of frozen chickens and 321 dozen eggs imported from South Africa, where a bird flu epidemic has been reported. Full text...

  • IITA enhances Nigerian biosafety capacity
    12 august 2004 12:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A team of Nigerian government officials are attending a special weeklong workshop on biosafety at the St Louis-based Donald Danforth Plant Science Centre in the US, a statement from the Nigeria-based IITA said Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe exports less horticultural products
    11 august 2004 19:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Horticultural producers in Zimbabwe said Wednesday exports dropped last year to US$118. Full text...

  • Algeria props Mali's anti-locust campaign
    11 august 2004 18:08:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Algeria has donated more than 14,000 litres of pesticides, 100 protection kits and 100 treatment equipment to Mali for the combat of locusts. Full text...

  • Bird flu: Mozambique may import poultry products from Europe
    11 august 2004 17:58:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican poultry farmers and importers are considering importing chicks and eggs for breeding from Europe following the ban imposed this week by Mozambican authorities on the import of South African poultry produce because of a bird flu outbreak, national news agency, AIM reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Locusts invade Cape Verde's Fogo Island
    10 august 2004 23:02:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Swarms of locusts from West African countries have been detected on the Cape Verdean island of Fogo for the second time within one months, informed sources told PANA in Praia Tuesday. Full text...

  • EU grants 48 million euros to Mozambique agro-sector
    10 august 2004 20:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) will grant 48 million euros to support the Mozambican agricultural sector from 2004-2006, the head of delegation of the European Commission in Mozambique, Pinto Teixeira, has disclosed. Full text...

  • Mozambique bans poultry import from South Africa
    10 august 2004 17:25:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique has banned imports of poultry products from South Africa because of an outbreak of bird flu reported in two ostrich farms in the Cape region two weeks ago, the Mozambican news agency, AIM reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • WFP requires urgent food aid to feed 1.5 million Angolans
    10 august 2004 16:18:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Tuesday appealed for urgent international aid to feed nearly 1. Full text...

  • South Africa culls ostriches to stem spread of bird flu
    10 august 2004 15:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African health authorities Tuesday began culling some 30,000 ostriches in the Eastern Cape province to stem the spread of a bird flu that broke out last week. Full text...

  • More locusts expected in West Africa, says FAO
    10 august 2004 15:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)'s emergency locust control centre has announced that a new wave of swarms of locusts will probably appear in West Africa in the weeks ahead. Full text...

  • Mauritania's back to the land policy underway
    09 august 2004 22:15:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Hundreds of Nouakchott residents have started streaming from the Mauritanian capital to the agricultural-pastoral regions in the east and south under the "return to the Land" operation for the 2004-2005 crop season. Full text...

  • Niger needs US$20 million to combat locusts
    09 august 2004 19:30:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger requires about 20 million US dollars this year to save one million hectares of its farm land threatened by desert locusts, the national co-ordinator of anti-locust programme, Yahaya Garba has said. Full text...

  • SONAPRA cotton farmers, workers stage protest march
    09 august 2004 13:39:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Cotton farmers and workers of the National Company for the Promotion of Agriculture (SONAPRA) have indicated they would on Tuesday march to the office of the President to protest against the privatisation of their manufacturing unit. Full text...

  • Kenya govt warns of drop in wheat yields
    09 august 2004 13:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya government has predicted a shortfall of 600,000 bags in wheat yields this year from an earlier forecast 3 million bags. Full text...

  • Drought wreaks havoc on Uganda's milk production
    09 august 2004 12:53:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda's milk output has considerably diminished in the face of prolonged drought in the last three months, dropping by over 60,000 litres per a day. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe seizes more farms from whites
    07 august 2004 16:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Authorities in Zimbabwe Saturday issued new compulsory farm acquisition orders to 449 white farmers, who until now had escaped the country's controversial land reforms. Full text...

  • Pressure group calls for more urban food production in Malawi
    07 august 2004 12:18:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Agri-Ecology Media, an agriculture and environment lobby group, has called on the Malawi government to support urban farming to boost food security. Full text...

  • Africa needs $58-83 million to fight locusts
    06 august 2004 17:25:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Between US$58 million and 83 million is badly needed to combat migratory locusts in several African countries between now and October, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Friday in a news release obtained in Paris. Full text...

  • Poor rains affect crop production in southern Ethiopia
    06 august 2004 13:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The food situation in Ethiopia's farming and pastoral areas that depend on the short rains in the first half of the year would be precarious in the coming months, the Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission (DPPC) has warned. Full text...

  • WFP appeals for 2.3 million hit by drought in Kenya
    05 august 2004 12:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Thursday launched an emergency appeal for $82 million for immediate food assistance to 2. Full text...

  • South Africa to legalise Mozambicans in farms
    03 august 2004 18:41:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- About 2,000 Mozambicans working illegally on farms in South Africa's Limpopo province will have their situation legalised by the end of this week, thus completing a process that started late last year, involving the authorities of both countries, reports Tuesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias". Full text...

  • Sudan moves to avert sorghum shortage
    03 august 2004 10:15:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan plans to cultivate an additional 730,000 acres of sorghum this year to ward off shortfalls in the staple food, owing to low rainfall and an expected low agricultural production in the war-ravished Darfur region. Full text...

  • Large scale locust invasion in Mauritania
    02 august 2004 20:19:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Several locust swarms have been sighted 25 km from Nouakchott after having devastated everything on their way, officials of the Mauritania rural development ministry told PANA Monday. Full text...

  • FAO official says agriculture in deep crisis in Africa
    02 august 2004 18:51:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) representative in Mozambique, Peter Vandor warned Monday that Africa faced serious food security problem because of the crisis in its agriculture. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earns US$107 million from tobacco
    02 august 2004 18:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Tobacco Industry Marketing Board said Monday the country earned some 107. Full text...

  • Mali's fight against migratory locusts gets support
    02 august 2004 13:47:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali has raised over 100 million francs CFA in international support to combat locusts invading the West African nation, officials of the unit in charge of the campaign disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Museveni seeks increased cooperation to fight poverty
    31 july 2004 17:27:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Visiting Uganda president, Yoweri Museveni, Saturday described sub-Sahara Africa as the last bastion of poverty, and called increased cooperation in trade and commerce among poor nations if poverty is to be defeated. Full text...

  • US bridges gap in Ethiopia's humanitarian needs
    31 july 2004 10:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The United States has provided 478,000 metric tons of emergency food aid valued at $241 million, targeting 7. Full text...

  • Algeria assists Sahel countries to fight locusts
    30 july 2004 22:14:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria has donated 16 intervention teams and 48 vehicles to help them fight swarms of locusts, official sources in Algiers said Friday. Full text...

  • Mozambique faces grain deficit of 430,000 tons
    30 july 2004 18:40:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique is facing a grain deficit of about 430,000 tons for the period 2004-2005, despite an 11 percent increase in overall grain production this year, national news agency, AIM reported Friday. Full text...

  • Locusts threaten northern Kenya pastures
    28 july 2004 15:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An invasion by desert locusts has prompted the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture to slate an aerial spraying campaign of major livestock grazing areas in the country's northern districts beginning Friday. Full text...

  • Desert locusts threaten crops in north, west Africa - FAO
    28 july 2004 10:42:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Swarms of desert locust invading crops in Mauritania, Senegal and Mali from northwest Africa have multiplied in the past two weeks, with several countries have appealing for urgent international aid to stop the situation from developing into a plague, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said. Full text...

  • Desert locusts threaten crops in north, west Africa - FAO
    28 july 2004 08:31:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Swarms of desert locust invading crops in Mauritania, Senegal and Mali from northwest Africa have multiplied in the past two weeks, with several countries have appealing for urgent international aid to stop the situation from developing into a plague, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said. Full text...

  • Pressure groups against genetic production of potatoes
    27 july 2004 16:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Pressure groups are kicking against South African government's reported decision to allow genetically engineered production of potatoes in the country. Full text...

  • Association against chicken import control in Mozambique
    26 july 2004 16:52:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Maputo-based Association of Informal Sector Workers (ASSOTSI) has complained against Agriculture Minister Helder Muteia's directive tightening control on frozen chicken import to Mozambique, national news agency, AIM reported Monday. Full text...

  • African meeting on locust control kicks off in Algiers
    26 july 2004 15:05:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Experts from Maghrebi and West African States were Monday convening ahead of a two-day meeting of Agriculture Ministers on locust control that opens here on Tuesday, organisers revealed. Full text...

  • IFAD to fund rice production in DR Congo
    24 july 2004 20:22:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is to support rice production in Bumba, in DR Congo's northern Equator province, an official said. Full text...

  • Ugandan leader for district crop production zones
    23 july 2004 14:55:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has directed all district leaders to undertake studies and zone their areas according to what they produce best to enable peasants engage in production that yields maximum financial returns. Full text...

  • Seven teams fight locusts in Mauritania
    22 july 2004 23:41:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Seven teams are currently afield to fight desert locusts threatening to invade Mauritania, official sources disclosed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Drought threatens cattle in western Uganda
    22 july 2004 18:05:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Drought in western Uganda now threatens cattle, especially in Mbarara where grassing land has dried up, officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda predicts drop in tea production
    21 july 2004 16:42:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda expects its tea production this year to drop by 75 percent, compared to last year's production level due to bad weather. Full text...

  • UN agencies using satellite data to fight hunger, rural poverty
    21 july 2004 16:31:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- United Nations agencies have developed a new Internet-based system to provide vital agricultural information to decision-makers in developing countries as part of efforts to fight hunger and rural poverty. Full text...

  • Mugabe says Zimbabwe does not need food aid
    20 july 2004 19:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- President Robert Mugabe said Tuesday Zimbabwe had produced enough food after years of consecutive deficits, and did not require international donor aid. Full text...

  • Desert locusts invade Mauritania
    20 july 2004 14:08:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania has made an international appeal as swarms of desert locusts started invading its territory, official sources told PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Fresh foot-and-mouth outbreak in Zimbabwe
    18 july 2004 18:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Veterinary officials Sunday reported a fresh outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Zimbabwe's main cattle producing southern region, dashing hopes of an early resumption of beef exports suspended several years ago. Full text...

  • SA firm to produce improved cereal seeds in Cameroon
    17 july 2004 17:33:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The government of Cameroon and the South African company PANAR SEED have signed a partnership agreement for the construction of a production unit for improved cereal seeds next year in Cameroon. Full text...

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