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  • Zimbabwe reiterates no food imports required
    24 october 2004 17:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior agriculture official in Zimbabwe reiterated Sunday the country had produced enough food and would not require international donor handouts this year. Full text...

  • Mozambican wins UN Poverty Eradication Award
    23 october 2004 20:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican farmer Samuel Magassosso, who manages a cooperative association for the cottage production of wheat and coffee has won the UN Poverty Eradication Award for 2004, reliable sources disclosed. Full text...

  • Rich, poor nations sign pact to save seeds
    22 october 2004 09:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Global Crop Diversity Trust, an initiative to conserve the earth's most crucial agricultural biodiversity entered into force Thursday after Sweden ratified the Trust's agreement, bringing the number of signatories to 12, thus exceeding the criteria for recognition, the FAO indicated in a release. Full text...

  • Kenya moves to replenish food stocks deficit
    20 october 2004 15:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has set aside 10. Full text...

  • UN says biodiversity loss threatens 900 million rural poor
    18 october 2004 22:25:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- An unprecedented loss of biodiversity has reduced the amount of food available to the world's 900 million rural poor and should receive widespread attention, UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said here Monday. Full text...

  • Growing NERICA will make Gambia self-sufficient in food
    18 october 2004 21:52:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Growing the New Rice for Africa (NERICA) is expected to make Gambia self-sufficient in food by 2010, the director for National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), Dr. Full text...

  • 9 million Ugandans hungry says Museveni
    18 october 2004 15:05:00
    Kasese- Uganda (PANA) -- President Yoweri Museveni said widespread food shortages, ignorance, poor farming methods and rapidly increasing population, had left some nine million Ugandans hungry, the local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde moves to modernise agriculture
    16 october 2004 19:21:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA -- Cape Verde is promoting new agricultural production techniques, Environment, Agriculture and Fishery minister Madalena Neves indicated Saturday at a fair to mark the International Food Day. ) Full text...

  • AU stresses conservation of Africa's biodiversity on World Food Day
    16 october 2004 10:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa Saturday marked the World Food Day with the African Union (AU) Commission calling for intensified conservation and sustainable utilisation of the continent's biological diversity to assure food for all. Full text...

  • Anthrax kills 70 cattle in Zimbabwe
    15 october 2004 22:33:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean health officials said Friday that anthrax had killed more than 70 cattle at a farm near the nation's capital Harare. Full text...

  • African agriculture ministers discuss GM foods
    15 october 2004 15:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African ministers of agriculture meeting here Friday to brainstorm the continent's agricultural master plan have stepped up opposition to the use of the genetically modified (GM) foods. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt unveils big funding for farmers
    14 october 2004 20:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government, anxious to underpin its land reforms, and ensure food security, Thursday unveiled a whopping 3. Full text...

  • US-funded planes attack locusts in Senegal, Mauritania
    14 october 2004 09:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- United States-funded aircraft Thursday took to the skies on the third day of a 30-day campaign to battle locusts along the Senegal and Mauritania border in what has been described as the worst regional infestation in decades. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to import seeds, fertiliser from neighbours
    13 october 2004 16:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Agriculture officials in Zimbabwe said Wednesday the country would import 31,000 tons of maize seed, and several tons of fertiliser from neighbouring countries to meet domestic shortfalls. Full text...

  • Agriculture provides one-third of GDP for COMESA
    13 october 2004 15:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Agriculture accounts for one-third of the oversell Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for members countries of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), Kenyan agriculture minister Kipruto Kirwa disclosed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Scientists study 'below ground' biodiversity
    13 october 2004 11:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As farmers worldwide intensify efforts to increase produce by use of chemicals and fertilisers, a team of scientists from seven tropical countries are in Kenya studying the effects of chemicals on below ground biodiversity. Full text...

  • Zambia taps into expertise of Zimbabwean farmers
    12 october 2004 16:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has continued to reap benefits from the presence of experienced white farmers from neighbouring Zimbabwe with the price of wheat suddenly nose-diving on the local market, while tobacco harvest has spiralled in recent times. Full text...

  • Benin earmarks 3.3b CFA for agriculture
    10 october 2004 12:12:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin intends to spend 3. Full text...

  • Kenya to host African food security forum
    08 october 2004 17:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is to host an African food security meeting in Nairobi next year, Planning Minister Anyang' Nyong'o announced Friday. Full text...

  • EU grants Mauritania E12.9m to fight locusts
    08 october 2004 12:25:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The European Union has granted Mauritania 12. Full text...

  • Mali postpones introduction of GMOs
    07 october 2004 20:18:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian council of ministers has decided to postpone the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the agricultural sector pending the setting up of a national bio-safety framework. Full text...

  • Cow fever epidemic hits Morocco
    05 october 2004 18:04:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Some 691 oxen and cows have been hit by cow fever in eight provinces in Morocco, Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishery Ministry said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Experts brainstorm on food crisis in southern Africa
    05 october 2004 15:34:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Agriculturalists from the 14-nation Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have joined their colleagues from the African Union (AU) at a meeting in the Malawi capital, Lilongwe, on how to tackle the recurring food crisis in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Japan assists poor rice growers in Sierra Leone
    05 october 2004 14:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Poor rice growers in Sierra Leone will benefit from a 923,010-dollar support that Japan announced Tuesday for improving production systems in the West African country. Full text...

  • Japan assists returnees, IDPs to farm in Burundi
    05 october 2004 10:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Japan Tuesday announced a US$998,942 agricultural support aimed at ensuring food security for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees in Burundi. Full text...

  • Cameroon gets ADB grant for rural development
    05 october 2004 10:08:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has approved a grant of 15. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe increases tobacco earnings
    30 september 2004 19:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco merchants in Zimbabwe said Thursday the country's annual tobacco export earnings had increased marginally to US$137. Full text...

  • Italy to fund phase 3 of Kenya's irrigation project
    30 september 2004 15:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Italy will grant Kenya US$11. Full text...

  • Burundi seeks Kenyan expertise in agriculture
    29 september 2004 12:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya and Burundi are expected this week to sign a memorandum of understanding on collaboration and partnership between their ministries of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in a move to rehabilitate Burundi's ruined agro- industry. Full text...

  • Official stresses need to assist Libyan farmers
    29 september 2004 11:14:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- As animal resources form a major source of food for nearly 80 percent of the Libyan population, a government official has emphasised the need to support farmers and herders to boost their output. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe imports maize seed
    28 september 2004 19:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Tuesday signed an agreement with a major regional maize seed producer to import 15,000 tonnes of the commodity. Full text...

  • India supports small-scale projects in Mozambique
    27 september 2004 16:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Indian government has opened a line of credit worth 20 million US dollars for small-scale projects to assist peasant farmers in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia. Full text...

  • Swaziland records 13% maize deficit
    27 september 2004 14:39:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland has recorded a 13 percent national maize deficit for the 2003/2004 harvest season, according to the Chairman of the National Disaster Task Force (NDTF), Dr Ben Nsibanze. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe prisons offer inmates as farm labour
    26 september 2004 13:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's prison service is offering prisoners as labour to new farm owners resettled by the government, most of whom are struggling to find workers. Full text...

  • Scientists urge new approach to mixed farming in Africa
    26 september 2004 11:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Scientists attending an international conference here to discuss effective utilisation of land resources and conservation of the environment have recommended dialogue among African countries concerning agricultural policies. Full text...

  • French firm to supply Zimbabwe with 5,000 tractors
    24 september 2004 17:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- French agricultural equipment manufacturer, Renault said Friday it had secured an order to supply Zimbabwe with 5,000 tractors. Full text...

  • UN committee adopts right-to-food guidelines
    24 september 2004 16:07:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- After two years of negotiations, a committee of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has adopted voluntary guidelines upholding the right to food for every person on the face of the earth. Full text...

  • Libya fights locusts in Mali, Senegal
    22 september 2004 22:45:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya is set dispatch ground and aerial anti-locust teams to help Chad combat the locust invasion threatening food security in countries of that subregion, sources at the agricultural development and pasture services said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Price of millet drops in Niger as harvest begins
    22 september 2004 22:00:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The price of a 100-kg bag of millet, Niger's staple, immediately dropped from 15,000 FCFA to 10,000 FCFA as farmers began harvesting last week, an official source reported here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya prepares to help Chad combat locusts
    22 september 2004 19:46:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya is about to send ground and aerial locust fighting units to bolster Chad's efforts to combat the current invasion by migratory locusts threatening that country's food crops, sources at the department of agricultural development and pasture reported in Tripoli. Full text...

  • UN agencies canvass safer practices for agri workers
    22 september 2004 17:14:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- With an estimated five million cases of pesticide poisoning occurring every year, United Nations agencies Wednesday called on national governments to better protect agricultural workers. Full text...

  • FAO tasks world leaders to fully fund agriculture
    21 september 2004 22:13:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- As world leaders gather in New York for the UN General Assembly, the head of the United Nations food agency (FAO) has strongly urged them to invest more in agriculture in order to stave off hunger in poor countries. Full text...

  • Western Kenya gradually turns to disease free cassava
    21 september 2004 19:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A virulent form of mossaic disease devastated nearly all traditional cassava crops in the Western Kenya region in the late 1990, nudging the country's agricultural research scientists into swift action to curb the worrying situation. Full text...

  • Kenya plans to boost irrigation farming to fight hunger
    21 september 2004 18:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is working on a project that would boost irrigation farming in arid and semi-arid parts of the country in the national fight against hunger, Special Projects Minister Njenga Karume, announced in Nairobi Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cameroon engages in food security programme
    20 september 2004 23:15:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The minister of agriculture, Augustin Frédéric Koddock said Cameroon will on Tuesday launch a national programme dubbed "roots and tubers" with an objective to achieve food security in the country. Full text...

  • Mozambique projects increase in grain production
    20 september 2004 17:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique expects grain output of more than two million tons for the 2004-2005 harvest season, about five-percent increase over last season, Agriculture Minister Helder Muteia said Monday. Full text...

  • SwaziBank suspends agricultural lending due to drought
    20 september 2004 15:42:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The SwaziBank has suspended all lending to agricultural projects due to drought, according to the bank's 2004 Annual Report. Full text...

  • FAO raises cereal output forecast, warns of locusts devastation
    20 september 2004 14:49:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Monday raised world cereal production forecast for the year by 29 million tons, sufficient to meet projected overall consumption needs, but also warned of the potentially devastating effects of a locust plague in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • South African authorities mobilise against Avian Influenza
    20 september 2004 11:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Veterinary Services at the Department of Agriculture in Western Cape conducting a survey to determine if there are any active infection of Avian Influenza on ostrich and poultry farms within the province, officials indicated here Monday. Full text...

  • Harsh conditions hamper agriculture in Rwanda
    19 september 2004 10:38:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- About 60 percent of the Rwandan population that are mainly farmers do not produce more than 64,000 Rwandan francs (about $110), representing 175 RF (30 US cents) per day. Full text...

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