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  • 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...

  • Mauritania's farming season campaign kicks off
    28 july 2003 09:32:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian Rural Development and Environment Minister Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Valili has launched this year's agricultural campaign in Kaedi, 422 km south of Nouakchott, an official source said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana to open Zambian Agriculture Show
    26 july 2003 11:27:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Malagasy President Marc Ravalomanana is due in Lusaka Friday to officially open Zambia's Agriculture and Commercial Show, officials said in Lusaka Saturday. Full text...

  • One million Angolans need emergency food aid
    25 july 2003 21:23:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- Despite the first year of peace in almost three decades of civil conflict and substantial increase in food production, more than one million people still urgently need food aid in Angola, according to a special report published by FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP). Full text...

  • Official urges COMESA members to take agriculture seriously
    25 july 2003 19:50:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- An official of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), has urged member countries to exploit their agricultural potential fully to boost investment and maximise benefits to their people. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to launch national foot and mouth vaccination
    25 july 2003 15:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe is to launch a nationwide cattle vaccination to eradicate the food and mouth disease which threatens to cripple the nation's beef industry, an official said Friday. Full text...

  • Mozambique bans beef imports from Zimbabwe
    24 july 2003 17:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Mozambique has banned beef imports from Zimbabwe over health worries after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in its western neighbour's territory, an official disclosed here Thursday. Full text...

  • 650,000 at risk of hunger in Mozambique
    23 july 2003 19:26:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Some 650,000 Mozambicans face food insecurity because of the drought that has hit much of the south and the centre of the country for the second consecutive year, according to official data. Full text...

  • FAO says 23 African countries face food emergencies
    23 july 2003 15:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Twenty-three sub-Saharan African countries are facing food emergencies, a new report released Wednesday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) indicates. Full text...

  • Kenyan planters to diversify operations
    22 july 2003 22:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Planters Co-operative Union (KPCU) said here on Tuesday that it was moving fast to devolutionalise its operational role to competitively position it in addressing issues that are commensurate with the farmers' needs, KPCU chair Stephen Kirubi said. Full text...

  • Cape Town fishermen defy Pretoria's fishing orders
    22 july 2003 16:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A group of Cape Town fishermen Tuesday defied a South African government order barring fishing without permits. Full text...

  • Niger gets 983 million FCFA for food production
    22 july 2003 16:13:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- France has allocated 983,935,500 FCFA (over 1 million euros) to prop livestock production and sub-urban agriculture in Niamey, an official statement said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan researchers develop new farming technology
    21 july 2003 18:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan researchers say they have developed a simple farming technology that will enable small- scale farmers in the country's major maize growing regions increase production. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earns USD$7.8 million from tobacco export
    21 july 2003 16:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe earned 7. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe beef export earnings see drastic fall
    21 july 2003 12:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's beef export earnings have fallen sharply from 40 million US dollars annually five years ago to a mere 2 million dollars last year, a top industry official has said. Full text...

  • Kibaki, Museveni urge regional farmers to go commercial
    18 july 2003 09:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Presidents Mwai Kibaki of Kenya and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Friday called on East African farmers to venture into the agro-based manufacturing sector in order to reap maximum profits from their farm produce. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to earn $12m from paprika exports
    17 july 2003 18:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe expects to earn 12 million US dollars this year from exports of paprika, a top official involved in marketing the crop said on Thursday here. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe central bank gives farmers forex for imports
    17 july 2003 13:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe central bank on Thursday released two million US dollars to farmers to finance imports of key inputs to rescue a farming season growers say was threatened by lack of fertilisers, fuel and other commodities unavailable on the domestic market. Full text...

  • New foot and mouth disease breaks out in Zimbabwe
    17 july 2003 13:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Agriculture Minister Joseph Made said on Thursday foot and mouth disease had broken out near the capital Harare, a zone earmarked for beef exports. Full text...

  • FAO assists Guinea Bissau to fight famine
    16 july 2003 11:41:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is to grant Guinea Bissau some 150,000 US dollars to help curb famine in the country, FAO resident representative Norbert Zongo has said. Full text...

  • Jammeh distributes seeds to Gambian farmers
    16 july 2003 09:38:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has distributed 400 bags of groundnuts and rice seeds to farmers across the country. Full text...

  • Gbagbo donates one billion CFA francs to displaced farmers
    15 july 2003 14:57:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has donated one billion CFA francs to war-displaced cocoa and coffee producers in the country. Full text...

  • FAO boss holds discussions with Angolan leader
    15 july 2003 11:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will support Angola in its efforts to develop its agriculture, particularly as regards the implementation of irrigation and rural infrastructure rehabilitation projects, FAO director general Jacques Diouf has said in Luanda, the Angolan capital. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earns US$68 million from tobacco export
    14 july 2003 14:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco auction houses in Zimbabwe said Monday the country earned 68. Full text...

  • FAO director visits Angola
    14 july 2003 13:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Jacques Diouf, director-general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has begun a two-week official visit to Angola at the invitation of authorities in Maputo, Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) has said. Full text...

  • Locusts threaten food crops in Guinea Bissau
    11 july 2003 20:19:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Locusts have invaded farms threatening food crops in northeastern part of Guinea Bissau, farmers in the Pirada zone, on the country's border with Senegal, said. Full text...

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