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  • 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...

  • Foot-and-mouth disease still serious in Mozambique
    21 april 2003 18:33:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Veterinary authorities in Mozambique on Monday expressed serious concern about the spread of foot-and- mouth disease in the southern province of Gaza, saying they have launched a second vaccination campaign in the affected areas to curb the disease. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe seizes more farms from white owners
    18 april 2003 12:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- As Zimbabwe celebrated its independence day Friday, the government announced the seizure of more farms from embattled white farms and earmarked them for re-distribution to landless peasants. Full text...

  • France grants Guinea 5 million euro for agriculture
    18 april 2003 08:43:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The French Development Agency (AFD) has released 5 million euro (10 billion Guinean francs) in an agricultural grant to Guinea, state radio said here. Full text...

  • FAO assists 6,500 displaced Ivorian families
    17 april 2003 21:40:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is to assist some 6,500 Ivorian families displaced by the country's seven-month-old political crisis, sources close to the UN agency said Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritian NGO denounces measures encouraging tobacco growing
    17 april 2003 20:42:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Mauritian NGO called ViSa, which is engaged in the fight against tobacco use, denounced on Thursday the incentives recently heralded by the government in its 2003/2007 strategic plan for the development of the non-sugar sector. Full text...

  • Sacked deputy minister faces forgery charges in Zambia
    17 april 2003 09:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Sacked Zambian deputy information minister John Mwaimba has been arrested and charged with forgery of title deeds for a house, police spokesperson, Brenda Muntemba confirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe marks 'real' independence with land reform
    15 april 2003 18:27:00
    Goromonzi- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe marks 23 years of political independence on Friday but for John Nyamwendo, real freedom only came last year with the controversial seizure of farms from whites to resettle landless blacks. Full text...

  • Kenyans adopt biotechnology in crop production
    14 april 2003 16:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Biotechnology has helped to improve agricultural production in Kenya by encouraging farmers to use clean planting materials, a leading research scientist said here Monday. Full text...

  • Bad Politics, Poor Tech Stir Africa's Food Crisis
    14 april 2003 16:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lack of technological know-how and bad politics contribute to the high levels of food insecurity in Africa, experts noted Monday at a pan-African congress on food security, trade and sustainable development in Nairobi. Full text...

  • World Vision warns of more food insecurity in Zimbabwe
    14 april 2003 10:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe, one of six southern African countries stricken by drought last year, will continue to face food shortages due to low crop production in the current farming season, World Vision International warned here Monday. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau needs 39,000 tons of food to tackle shortage
    13 april 2003 18:06:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau needs some 39,000 tons of food to address a current shortage, sources at the Agriculture ministry said Sunday. Full text...

  • WFP extends emergency food operation in Ethiopia
    11 april 2003 16:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) Friday appealed for US$205 million to provide relief food to millions of drought-affected people in Ethiopia for another year. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso to launch 2003-2004 cotton season
    11 april 2003 11:03:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe Textile Company (SOFITEX) has begun visiting cotton-producing regions of the country in preparation for the 2003-2004 cotton farming season, during which it hopes to produce 500,000 tonnes. Full text...

  • Gambian president continues campaign for agriculture
    10 april 2003 22:16:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has reiterated his intention to get his compatriots engaged in agriculture as part of his government's "Operation Feed Yourself" policy. Full text...

  • African farmers need better prices to revamp production
    10 april 2003 15:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Trade policy reform in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) would have little effect so long as Western countries continue to subsidise their farmers and reject a balanced system of managed agricultural trade. Full text...

  • Farm seizures wreak havoc on Zimbabwe's key export, tobacco
    10 april 2003 10:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Operators in the sector say prospects are gloomy as Zimbabwe's tobacco marketing season opens this April, unlike in previous years when the country's biggest export galvanised financial markets, bringing the economy a windfall. Full text...

  • FAO initiates cattle feed project in Congo
    09 april 2003 16:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has initiated a project in Congo for the creation of small units to manufacture cattle feed in rural areas, state radio said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Poor harvests to bring severe famine in Swaziland
    09 april 2003 14:34:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Over 300,000 families facing a poor harvest in Swaziland are on the brink of starvation as the famine that has hit over six southern African countries gets worse. Full text...

  • Kenya plans US$276 million food security programme
    09 april 2003 08:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya plans to spend some 21 billion shillings (about US$276. Full text...

  • Benin gets 1.2 billion FCFA Japanese loan
    08 april 2003 18:48:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Japanese government has loaned about 1. Full text...

  • USAID updates House of Representatives on Zimbabwe land reforms
    08 april 2003 14:26:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- US Agency for International Development (USAID) chief Andrew Natsios has briefed the House of Representatives on the crisis in Zimbabwe, saying political repression and bad agricultural policies were seriously undermining that country's food situation, an update of the US embassy here indicated Tuesday. Full text...

  • Price of cashew nuts rises in Cote d'Ivoire
    07 april 2003 16:14:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Farmers of cashew nuts have set the minimum price of 175 CFA francs per kg for the commodity during the 2003 season in Cote d'Ivoire as production target dropped from 100,000 tonnes to 80,000 tonnes. Full text...

  • International firm invests 110 million euro in Ethiopia
    06 april 2003 11:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An international industry development company, Elay, is to invest 110 million euro for an agro-industry project in Ethiopia, the general manager of its branch here said Sunday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe set for drought respite as harvesting begins
    05 april 2003 15:27:00
    Nyajena- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- With a broad smile, Dorothy Goredema offered a group of visitors a watermelon and a bundle of groundnuts freshly plucked from her thriving two-acre farming plot in Nyajena in southern Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • CILSS experts to discuss land issues in West Africa
    03 april 2003 21:02:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Experts of the Inter-State Committee on the Fight against Drought in the Sahel (CILSS) are due to meet in Cape Verde this week to prepare for a regional meeting in Praia on land issues in the West African region. Full text...

  • Malian govt approves 2.5 billion FCFA from IFAD
    03 april 2003 12:14:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's cabinet has approved 2. Full text...

  • Experts forecast severe cereal shortages in Namibia
    03 april 2003 07:47:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Drought-stricken Namibia would experience 107,300 tonnes in cereal shortages this year due to erratic, below normal and unevenly distributed rainfall, the Namibia Early Warning and Food Information System (Newfis) forecast here Thursday. Full text...

  • Animal disease adds to food insecurity in Mozambique
    02 april 2003 23:07:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) has warned that the livestock movement ban issued because of foot and mouth disease is causing further food insecurity in areas already hit by the long drought in southern Mozambique. Full text...

  • Zambia to take stock of Zimbabwe's white farmers
    02 april 2003 20:34:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian immigration officials are to move into the midlands district of Mkushi, 350 km north-east of Lusaka, to take stock of how many Zimbabwean white farmers have settled there illegally. Full text...

  • Tanzanians told to prepare for a bad harvest
    01 april 2003 14:40:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has urged households to take urgent measures to confront a looming food shortage due to poor rains. Full text...

  • FAO grants Congo US$530,000 toward potato production
    01 april 2003 11:40:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has granted Congo US$530,000 to boost potato production in the central district of Plateaux, an official source said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nujoma urges whites to exhibit honesty in land reforms
    01 april 2003 07:39:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian President Sam Nujoma has appealed to white farmers to cooperate and deal honestly when they offer land to government officials who are buying land for the resettlement of some 200,000 landless Namibians. Full text...

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