Agriculture -
  • WFP intercedes for Africa at G-8 meet
    30 may 2003 20:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has elaborated a four-point memorandum on the plight of sub-Saharan Africa for consideration at the G8 summit holding this weekend in Evian, France. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's tobacco sales picking up
    30 may 2003 18:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean tobacco merchants said Friday that the volume of the crop delivered to auction houses by farmers had increased, with the country earning 13. Full text...

  • Algeria donates 1,000 tonnes of rice to Swaziland
    30 may 2003 13:03:00
    Matsapha- Swaziland (PANA) -- Earthquake-troubled Algeria Friday donated over 1,000 tonnes of rice as food aid to the growing number of people desperately in need of food in rural Swaziland. Full text...

  • Mozambique's grain production grows despite drought
    28 may 2003 21:53:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican agricultural authorities have reported a two percent growth in grain production in the country for the 2002/2003 agricultural campaign despite a severe drought across the southern and parts of the central provinces, the "Noticias" daily reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe, Angola sign cooperation agreement on agriculture
    28 may 2003 20:52:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe and Angola Wednesday signed a cooperation agreement with a view to propping Luanda's efforts at reviving its war-shattered agricultural industry. Full text...

  • Modified potato farming benefits Maasai in Kenya
    28 may 2003 12:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of Maasai farmers in Kenya are benefiting from a new potato variety tht was developed by the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute's National Potato Research Centre (NPRC). Full text...

  • Africa needs $251 billion for full-scale agriculture
    28 may 2003 08:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The FAO representative in Senegal, Edouard Tapsoba has emphasised the need for a $251-billion investment to implement the 2002-2005 detailed programme for the comprehensive development of agriculture in Africa. Full text...

  • Wheat production falls in Zimbabwe
    27 may 2003 21:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embattled white farmers said on Tuesday that wheat production, which they dominated, would slump to under 100,000 tonnes this year from an annual average output of 300,000 tonnes after most commercial growers were driven off their farms by the government. Full text...

  • Angola to import seed from Zimbabwe
    27 may 2003 20:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Angolan Agriculture minister Gilberto Lukucata said Tuesday his country will import seeds from Zimbabwe as it begins to re-build its war-shattered agricultural sector. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe seed, fertiliser prices increase by 100 percent
    27 may 2003 20:28:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Seed and fertiliser producers in Zimbabwe on Tuesday increased prices of these essential commodities by over 100 percent in the latest hiccup to jolt the country's troubled agriculture industry. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe ostrich meat production slumps
    27 may 2003 16:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- White farmers in Zimbabwe said Tuesday ostrich meat exports had fallen by half in three years to 150 tonnes, after the government seized thousands of their farms to re-distribute to landless peasants. Full text...

  • Angolan agriculture minister in Zimbabwe for talks
    25 may 2003 20:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Angolan Agriculture Minister Gilberto Lutuka arrived in Zimbabwe on Sunday for talks on strengthening co-operation in the farming sector between the two countries. Full text...

  • Mauritius takes measures to support vegetable farmers
    24 may 2003 11:08:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Agriculture and Food Technology minister, Pravind Jugnauth Saturday announced new measures to help vegetables farmers whose fields have been ravished by recent heavy rains in the country. Full text...

  • NGOs report food improvement in Zimbabwe
    22 may 2003 22:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Local and international NGOs in Zimbabwe said Thursday the food situation in the country had improved owing to this year's good harvests, but noted aid would still be required. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earns $23m from tobacco sales
    22 may 2003 17:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A tobacco farming association in Zimbabwe said on Thursday the country earned 23 million US dollars from exports of the crop last month, mainly to European countries. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe loses cattle worth 300 million US dollars
    20 may 2003 14:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embattled white farmers say they have sold off more than a million head of cattle, worth over 250 billion Zimbabwean dollars (303 million US dollars) in the last three years because of the seizure of their farms by the government. Full text...

  • EU to fund genetic engineering research in Africa
    19 may 2003 14:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) is formulating a new policy for researchers in biotechnology and genetic engineering in food production after its push to have Africa's 14 million starving population fed on such foodstuffs was rejected by African leaders. Full text...

  • Plague takes toll on pigs in Burundi
    17 may 2003 17:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's Citiboke and Makamba provinces have lost hundreds of pigs in the last three weeks to a plague, according to veterinary sources. Full text...

  • Brussels withdraws contaminated fertilisers bound for Senegal
    14 may 2003 20:59:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgian authorities have ordered the withdrawal of 80,000 tons of fertilisers made from chicken droppings bound for Senegal, sources at the exporting company conceded Wednesday. Full text...

  • Maize production by Zimbabwe white farmers falls tenfold
    14 may 2003 20:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embattled white farmers said Wednesday that their production of the staple maize crop had fallen tenfold in the last two years to 80,000 tons this year, due to the government's controversial land policies. Full text...

  • Swazi minister urges balance in cash and food crop production
    13 may 2003 20:33:00
    Ezulwini- Swaziland (PANA) -- Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Stella Lukhele has advised Swazi sugarcane farmers to also consider growing food crops in order to avoid the kind of imbalance that led to the current food shortage in the kingdom. Full text...

  • Mauritian farmers demand compensation from government
    13 may 2003 20:30:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Farmers belonging to various Mauritian associations, Tuesday demanded financial compensation from the State before they could resume cultivation of their lands, citing the destruction caused by recent torrential rains in the country. Full text...

  • EU supports Mauritian irrigation project with 2 million Euro
    13 may 2003 19:03:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has disbursed two million Euro to boost irrigation schemes in northern Mauritius, an EU official said. Full text...

  • Evicted Zimbabwean white farmers get donor funding to relocate
    11 may 2003 16:56:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- White farmers evicted from their property in Zimbabwe to pave way for the resettlement of landless peasants are being funded by various international donor agencies to re-locate to neighbouring countries, their leader said Sunday. Full text...

  • Global warming to slash maize production in Africa
    09 may 2003 17:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- More than four decades ago, stiff porridge made from millet flour used to be the staple food for Matula Lusesa and his fellow Sukuma, a large ethnic group south of Lake Victoria in Tanzania. Full text...

  • Mali produced 60,000 tonnes of banana in 2002
    08 may 2003 20:49:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali produced some 60,000 tonnes of bananas in 2002, generating domestic incomes of about 18 billion CFA francs, the federation of associations of banana producers of Mali revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe records high cotton yield
    08 may 2003 17:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Cotton growers and merchants in Zimbabwe said Thursday that the crop's output had increased this year to 230,000 tons, up from the 195,000 tons produced in 2002, due to improved rains. Full text...

  • WFP pledges more food aid to Swaziland
    08 may 2003 14:57:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday pledged to continue providing food aid to over 250,000 starving families in Swaziland. Full text...

  • Foot-and-mouth breaks out in Malawi
    08 may 2003 13:20:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi government has effected a blanket ban on all meat movement from southern Malawi into other parts of the country following an outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease. Full text...

  • FAO warns of famine in 25 African countries
    08 may 2003 12:13:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has in a report called for more food aid and accelerated emergency food deliveries to Eritrea, Ethiopia and Mauritania to avert possible famine. Full text...

  • Famine threatens 500,000 people in the Sahel, WFP says
    07 may 2003 23:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Famine threatens 500,000 persons in the West African Sahelian region this year, the World Food Programme (WFP) executive director James Morris declared in Dakar Wednesday. Full text...

  • Farmers blame Mugabe's land scheme for dip in soybean production
    07 may 2003 16:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Farmers in Zimbabwe said Wednesday that soybean output this year would fall to 50,000 tonnes, from 75,000 tonnes last year owing to the government's controversial land policies. Full text...

  • Zambian farming company to step up vegetable exports
    07 may 2003 14:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's leading horticultural farming company, Agriflora, is to raise its agricultural exports, mainly to Europe, from the current level of 28 million US dollars annually to 50 million dollars by 2005, according to media reports on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS calls for common agriculture policy
    05 may 2003 21:31:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) depute executive secretary Dr Oluremi Arabisala on Monday called on development partners to help the sub-regional grouping fashion a comprehensive agricultural policy. Full text...

  • Kenya unable to meet AGOA coffee quota
    05 may 2003 20:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has express inability to export premium coffee to the US under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), citing a biting shortage of the commodity. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe nets Z$600m from tobacco sales
    05 may 2003 09:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco growers in Zimbabwe said on Monday the country had earned 598 million Zimdollars (about US$737,000) from sales of the crop since auctions started two weeks ago. Full text...

  • Mozambique approves new cotton prices
    03 may 2003 17:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's National Wages and Prices Commission has approved a new minimum producer first-grade cotton price of 3,800 meticais per kilo, up from the old price of 3,000 meticais. Full text...

  • FEWS NET warns of continuing food shortage in Mozambique
    01 may 2003 17:59:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) has cautioned the authorities against letting a good harvest in the productive northern region mask the severe famine in the southern provinces of Mozambique. Full text...

  • Lack of farm inputs cripples Tanzania's food basket
    30 april 2003 16:33:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The shortage of fertilisers and other farm inputs is troubling Tanzanian farmers, as a potential reduction in food production is foreseen this year due to dismal rainfall. Full text...

  • Passion fruit farming excites farmers in Kenyan district
    30 april 2003 08:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Buoyed by good market prices, maize farmers in Uasin Gishu, a northern Rift Valley district of Kenya, are turning to planting passion fruits, which they say are also cheaper to maintain. Full text...

  • Foot-and-mouth disease breaks out in western Uganda
    29 april 2003 08:19:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease has killed 45 heads of cattle in Uganda's western district of Hoima, the ministry of agriculture, animal industry and fisheries confirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe nets almost ZD300m from tobacco sales
    28 april 2003 23:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe netted 291 million Zimdollars (ZD) from tobacco sales in the first week of trading on the country's auction floors, industry officials said on Monday (1USD = 824 ZD) in Harare, the country's capital. Full text...

  • South African MPs in Zimbabwe to study land reforms
    28 april 2003 16:32:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A 10-member South African parliamentary team arrived in Zimbabwe Monday to study the Harare government's controversial land reforms that have sparked political and economic crises. Full text...

  • OADA chief visits Mauritania
    27 april 2003 19:13:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The director general of the Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development (OADA), Dr Salem Lewzi, is in Nouakchott to launch a training workshop for farmers, breeders and local professional organisations, sources said Sunday. Full text...

  • Zambian govt revives cattle rearing after ravages of diseases
    23 april 2003 17:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia, which over the past 10 years lost more than 500,000 head of cattle through unchecked contagious animal diseases, has begun a restocking exercise in the worst-hit areas of Southern Province. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe tobacco market opens with high prices
    23 april 2003 16:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's tobacco auctions opened on Wednesday with firm prices, pushed up by a high-quality crop and low expected output this year. Full text...

  • MSF reports worsening food situation in South Sudan
    23 april 2003 13:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The international medical aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Wednesday said that an alarming food situation was looming in Eat-Aweil County and Tonj County in the Bahr-el-Gazal area of southern Sudan. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe expects to boost tea production, earnings
    23 april 2003 12:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe Tea Growers Association (ZTGA) said Wednesday that production of the commodity could rise by up to seven percent this year, with commensurate increase in export earnings due to constrained production in some key growing countries. Full text...

  • AU offers Eritrea $200,000 in drought relief
    22 april 2003 15:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Commission of the African Union (AU) has granted drought-stricken Eritrea US$200,000 in assistance to ease the ravages of famine. Full text...

  • Experts discuss Africa's land reform policies
    22 april 2003 12:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An ad hoc expert group meeting opened here Tuesday seeking to specify linkages between land reform policies and sustainable rural livelihoods in Africa. Full text...

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