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  • 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...

  • Zambian NGO petitions Bush
    09 july 2003 20:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Zambian NGO handed a petition to the US embassy in Lusaka Wednesday for transmission to President George Bush complaining about American foreign trade practices that hurt African economies. Full text...

  • Zambia to fence border with Angola over cattle diseases
    09 july 2003 16:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has announced plans to fence its border with Angola to control the spread of cattle-borne diseases, including foot-and-mouth and the more deadly Contagious Bovine pleuro pneumonia (CBPP). Full text...

  • US accused of giving Africa with one hand, taking with the other
    07 july 2003 19:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- As George Bush embarks on a week-long visit to Africa, Oxfam International has in a statement urged the US president to address what it said was the enormous damage being done to the continent by unfair American trade policies. Full text...

  • Special UN envoy tours drought-hit Horn of Africa
    05 july 2003 12:07:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The newly appointed Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa, Martti Ahtisaari has welcomed the move by donors to assist the drought-affected people. Full text...

  • 32 farmers survive after eating toxic peas in Mali
    04 july 2003 14:38:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Dr Moussa Traore, chief medical officer in Bla in central Mali, saved 32 farmers from possible death after treating them from food poisoning at his clinic on Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt funds bank to finance farming
    03 july 2003 17:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government on Thursday injected a whopping ZWD 64 billion (ZWD 824 = 1 USD) into a state-owned bank to finance black farmers resettled under its controversial land reforms. Full text...

  • WFP makes food appeal for Zimbabwe
    03 july 2003 16:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday it had launched a 203 million US dollar appeal to international donors for food aid for Zimbabwe for this year up to the next harvest in 2004. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe farmers withhold tobacco from market
    03 july 2003 11:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco farmers in Zimbabwe are increasingly withholding their crop from auction floors to demand a devaluation of the local currency, an industry official said Thursday. Full text...

  • Africa brings agriculture to the forefront
    02 july 2003 16:48:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The general view of agriculture in Africa is sometimes discouraging, says UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf. Full text...

  • IITA confronts cassava disease in Nigeria
    02 july 2003 11:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria-based International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has launched a project to pre-empt an outbreak of virulent Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) in Nigeria, the institute said in a statement. Full text...

  • Chissano urges African self-reliance in agricultural production
    02 july 2003 10:28:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- President Joachim Chissano Wednesday urged African countries to prioritise investments in agriculture by relying more on their own resources rather than waiting for donors to address local problems. Full text...

  • Grain harvest increases in Mozambique despite drought
    01 july 2003 20:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Despite drought and cyclones, Mozambique's grain harvest increased by about 2. Full text...

  • Kick-start agriculture to end food crisis in Africa
    01 july 2003 12:53:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Renewed commitment of each African country is urgently needed to kick-start the agriculture industry and end repeated high-profile famines on the continent, African agricultural experts gathered here were told on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Organised agriculture recruits global expertise
    01 july 2003 08:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Following the praise heaped on white farmers by President Thabo Mbeki in Parliament as being models of reconciliation in healing the rift between blacks and whites, Landbank Chief Executive Monwabisi Fandeso on Monday said South African farmers had the ability to become globally competitive. Full text...

  • UN agencies urge 'agricultural response' to HIV/AIDS in Africa
    30 june 2003 21:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Agricultural institutions "urgently" need to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, ravaging rural areas in developing countries and jeopardising the human right to food of millions of people, officials of two UN agencies have said here. Full text...

  • African farmers want access to Biotechnology
    29 june 2003 14:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- African farmers want access to biotechnology and they want it now, according to African educators, scientists and farmers currently participating on a panel at the Biotechnology Industry Organisation's annual convention in Washington, D. Full text...

  • US blames Zambia of misleading others on GM foods
    27 june 2003 16:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- US President George W. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt seizes more farms from whites
    27 june 2003 14:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Friday listed over 50 farms owned by white farmers for compulsory acquisition for resettlement under its controversial agrarian reforms, which have stirred political and economic turmoil in the southern African country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe nets 18 million US from tobacco in May
    26 june 2003 18:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe earned 18 million US dollars in May from exports of processed flue cured tobacco, an industry group said on Thursday here. Full text...

  • Consumers International pinpoints bad effects of GMOs
    26 june 2003 15:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Consumers International (CI) has pinpointed inequalities, environmental damage and possible health hazards that result from genetically modified (GM) agriculture. Full text...

  • Swazi farmers bask in better maize prices
    26 june 2003 12:17:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi commercial and subsistence farmers are recording huge profits as companies dealing in maize products pay them better prices than their South African counterparts. Full text...

  • Sisal cultivation re-launched in Mozambique
    24 june 2003 19:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- After a decade in crisis, the cultivation of sisal in Mozambique is being revived, thanks to recent rise in prices and a demand for the product on the world market. Full text...

  • Coffee production plummets in Burundi
    23 june 2003 21:24:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Coffee production in Burundi this year is not expected to exceed 12,000 tonnes, as against 36,000 tonnes last season, according to sources at the ministry of Agriculture. Full text...

  • Australia props WFP emergency operation in Ethiopia
    21 june 2003 09:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Australia has made a 806,000 dollar cash contribution to the World Food Programme (WFP) emergency food aid for people affected by drought in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Oxfam officials to visit Zambia in July
    20 june 2003 14:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Two Oxfam officials are to pay a 10-day visit to Zambia in July to hold consultations with farmers most affected by the "rigged rules" of international trade in cash crops, including cotton, which is now the subject of a global "Trade Fair" campaign. Full text...

  • Malaysian bank to finance Zimbabwe's irrigation project
    19 june 2003 17:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Malaysian bank has agreed to invest 50 million US dollars in a major irrigation and water development project in Zimbabwe, an official pioneering the scheme told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Milk production in Zimbabwe falls
    19 june 2003 13:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Milk production in Zimbabwe has fallen by almost half in the last two years because of the country's controversial land reforms and a slide in the economy, farmers said Thursday here. Full text...

  • Cotton production slumps 16% in Benin
    18 june 2003 20:53:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Cotton production in Benin dropped by 16 percent during the 2002-2003 farming season due to low rainfall and a dip in prices on the international market, sources disclosed here. Full text...

  • 20,000 Gambian farmers benefit from US seed project
    18 june 2003 20:09:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Some 20,000 vulnerable Gambian farming households would benefit from an emergency seed intervention funding worth $300,000 from USAID, the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) said here Wednesday in a release. Full text...

  • Kenya vaccinates small ruminants in northern district
    18 june 2003 11:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Department of Veterinary services in Kenya's northern district of Wajir has launched a vaccination campaign to combat sheep and goat pox, a disease that has so far claimed 20 goats in the area. Full text...

  • Congolese officials take stock of FAO aid in 2002
    18 june 2003 10:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) provided Congo aid worth 3,613,812 dollars during the 2002 farming season targeting 23 projects in the urban and rural areas alike, official sources indicated here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • When will Ethiopia stop living on charity?
    17 june 2003 11:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- While technology has led industrial nations to search for signs of life on Mars, not much of it has trickled down to make life easy in Africa. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe cattle company unveils big re-stocking plans
    16 june 2003 17:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean state-owned meat processing company has announced an ambitious 10 billion Zimbabwean Dollar plan to re-build the country's cattle herd, depleted by drought and controversial government land policies. Full text...

  • Tobacco prices surge at Zimbabwe auction
    16 june 2003 17:22:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco prices on Zimbabwe's auction floors surged Monday, reaching a seasonal high of 2. Full text...

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