Agriculture -
  • US expert urges Africa to embrace biotech farming
    24 september 2003 15:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A US agricultural expert has urged African countries to embrace the use of biotechnology in agriculture as a way of enhancing food production and fighting off hunger on the continent. Full text...

  • King Mswati launches huge agric project in Swaziland
    24 september 2003 08:54:00
    Siphofaneni- Swaziland (PANA) -- King Mswati III Wednesday turned the sod for the construction of Swaziland's Lower Usuthu Small Holder Irrigation Project (LUSIP) estimated to cost one billion Emalangeni. Full text...

  • Kenya in ambitious plan to feed nationals
    23 september 2003 12:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a bid to improve the food situation in Kenya's food deficient regions, the authorities say they have started implementing a two-year pilot project under the special programme on food security (SPFS) in 13 vulnerable districts in the country. Full text...

  • Zambia exports maize seed to neighbours
    22 september 2003 16:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has started exporting maize seed to neighbouring countries with the first consignment of 2,000 tons, valued at 1. Full text...

  • CILSS forecasts grain production at 13.7 million tonnes this year
    20 september 2003 13:49:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) expects a cereal production of 13. Full text...

  • Kenyan govt promises support for farmers
    18 september 2003 18:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki Thursday affirmed government's resolve to address problems hampering growth in the agricultural sector, saying measures were afoot to tackle poor infrastructure, absence of credit, lack of market access, corruption and mismanagement. Full text...

  • White Zimbabwean farmers claim losing billions
    17 september 2003 14:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Embattled white farmers Wednesday claimed losing an estimated 75 billion Zimbabwean dollars in property since 2000 when the government started seizing their farms to resettle landless peasants. Full text...

  • FAO helps combat livestock disease in Cote d'Ivoire
    15 september 2003 11:28:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- FAO has released US$391,000 to finance a project aimed at combating foot-and-mouth disease in Cote d'Ivoire and other West African countries. Full text...

  • WFP assesses progress of humanitarian aid to Ethiopia
    15 september 2003 08:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Executive Director Jean-Jacques Graisse is due to meet here Monday with Ethiopian government officials, donors and representatives of relief agencies to discuss emergency assistance for drought-affected regions of the country. Full text...

  • WFP supports Zambian poor households with US$10 million
    12 september 2003 17:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has earmarked 10 million US dollars for various development projects to assist 350,000 poor households in Zambia over the next five years, Country Director Richard Ragan said in Lusaka Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe tobacco export earnings drop
    12 september 2003 14:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco merchants in Zimbabwe said Friday the country was likely to earn far less in exports from the crop this year compared to 2002 because of low output. Full text...

  • Kenya's horticultural exporters struggle to maintain EU market
    12 september 2003 13:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan fresh fruits and vegetable exporters are increasingly getting jittery about losing a huge chunk of their European Union market share in the lucrative horticultural business due to the emergence of new players from West and North African regions. Full text...

  • World Bank props up Uganda's agricultural education projects
    11 september 2003 14:40:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda has secured a 150 million US dollar loan from the World Bank to implement agricultural education projects aimed at fighting poverty bedevilling this poor and highly indebted small East African country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe weather experts foresee normal rains
    10 september 2003 21:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Weather experts in Zimbabwe Wednesday said the southern African region would receive normal rains this year, ending two years of consecutive droughts, which has left up to 14 million people in six countries facing hunger. Full text...

  • South African wine wins top award
    08 september 2003 09:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Irish eyes are smiling for South African wine after the Graham Beck Brut won a Gold Star Award at the Irish Wine Show. Full text...

  • Improved rains boost agricultural prospects in Cape Verde
    05 september 2003 22:08:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Adequate rainfall in the main agricultural islands of Cape Verde in August has boosted prospects of bumper yields this farming season on the entire archipelago, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe government seizes more farms from whites
    05 september 2003 20:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government has announced the latest in a series of white-owned farms to be seized to resettle landless peasants under its controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • Maplothini, beacon of hope in a sea of poverty
    04 september 2003 23:01:00
    Lavumisa- Swaziland (PANA) -- Not far from the Lavumisa border town, in eastern Swaziland, a thriving agricultural community project is a proof of what irrigated maize production can do for the entire low-veld dry land. Full text...

  • International workshop on maize opens in Bamako
    03 september 2003 22:30:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Thirteen countries are taking part in a 9- day international workshop that opened here Wednesday on maize farming. Full text...

  • Burundi faces massive cereal deficit
    02 september 2003 22:08:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's 2003 agricultural production has shown a 254,000 tonne global cereal deficit, a forum convening here on preparation for the 2004 first farming season has learnt. Full text...

  • Oxfam's cotton campaign on cotton trade gains momentum
    02 september 2003 19:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Oxfam International Tuesday reported collecting 3. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe government increases food crop prices
    02 september 2003 19:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Tuesday increased the prices of four main food crops to ensure the viability of farmers and entice producers to sell on the official market. Full text...

  • Company to fund tobacco production in Zimbabwe
    02 september 2003 17:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe on Tuesday signed an agreement with a private company to provide billions of dollars in funding for production of tobacco, the country's biggest export. Full text...

  • Church networks join national appeals for food aid
    31 august 2003 09:30:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A worldwide umbrella organisation of churches and humanitarian agencies has joined a national appeal for food aid for over a million people at risk of starvation in Tanzania. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean government seizes more farms from whites
    29 august 2003 15:51:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government Friday listed over 200 white-owned farms in parts of the country for compulsory acquisition to resettle landless peasants. Full text...

  • Poor rainfall threatens more famine in southern Ethiopia
    28 august 2003 13:20:00
    Ogolcho- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Unpredictable as it has been in the past, the weather pattern over Ethiopia is once again putting the population of the southern and central regions in suspense. Full text...

  • Uruguayan poaching trawler escorted to Cape Town
    28 august 2003 08:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African maritime authorities Thursday began escorting to Cape Town, the intercepted Uruguayan fishing trawler, "Viarsa," said to be loaded with 85 tons of poached Patagonian toothfish. Full text...

  • Milk production falls in Zimbabwe
    27 august 2003 14:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Farmers in Zimbabwe said Wednesday that national milk production was falling at the rate of five percent per month, due to government's controversial land policies, and shortages of stock-feeds. Full text...

  • South African boats intercept Uruguayan poaching trawler
    27 august 2003 10:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- After a long sea chase, two South African boats have finally intercepted a Uruguayan trawler suspected of poaching Patagonian toothfish in the Antarctic fishing zone. Full text...

  • Agric subsidies cost sub-Saharan Africa US$2 billion annually
    26 august 2003 18:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Trade distortion policies in the form of protectionism and subsidies by industrialised countries cost sub-Saharan Africa two billion US dollars annually, according to a report issued Tuesday by a US-based international food policy research institute. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earns US$15 million a week from tobacco
    26 august 2003 17:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe earned 15 million US dollars from tobacco exports last week, the highest weekly earnings from the crop this year, an official has said. Full text...

  • Experts say rich nations weaken agriculture in poor countries
    26 august 2003 15:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Subsidies and protectionism by industrialised nations cost developing countries about $24 billion annually in lost agricultural and agro-industrial income, a study released Tuesday by the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) disclosed. Full text...

  • African coffee show set for Nairobi in February 2004
    26 august 2003 15:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Coffee producers and buyers will stage an exhibition of African fine coffees 19-22 February 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya, industry sources confirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudanese cotton, other agricultural potential lie under-tapped
    26 august 2003 10:04:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Although the land resources in Africa's largest country are vast, political instability deters foreign investment in Sudan, where millions of hectares of land lie fallow. Full text...

  • Ivorian cotton firm loses 1 billion FCFA due to war
    25 august 2003 23:28:00
    Korhogo- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's Cotton Company (LCCI) has incurred losses estimated at 1 billion FCFA since the political crisis erupted on 19 September 2002, according to its director of agricultural, Diomandé Ségbè. Full text...

  • Coconut mealybug reported in Cape Verde
    25 august 2003 11:08:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Antonio Querido, chairman of the National Agricultural Research and Development Institute of Cape Verde (INIDA) said at the weekend that coconut mealybug has been reported in the islands of Santo Antao and Maio, conceding that the institute did not have the means to fight the pest. Full text...

  • Zambian coffee growers attend regional training
    22 august 2003 18:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A two-day seminar for members of the Zambia Coffee Growers Association (ZCGA) got underway in Lusaka Friday, with the aim of improving the quality of coffee from East and Southern Africa. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean government seizes more farms from whites
    22 august 2003 17:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government, undeterred by continuing international criticism of its controversial land policies, Friday seized more than 100 farms from white farmers to resettle landless peasants. Full text...

  • SADC lags in food security despite marginal recovery
    22 august 2003 12:41:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Though food security conditions in many parts of Southern Africa marginally improved in the past year, analysts express pessimism about long-term regional food security, judging from two consecutive droughts in the region. Full text...

  • Coffee experts say growers' only rescue is quality excellence
    22 august 2003 11:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Improved quality of coffee is the only option left for growers of the crop in eastern Africa to emerge from the rocky times and better their prospects, market researchers emphasised. Full text...

  • Foot and Mouth disease spreads in Zimbabwe
    20 august 2003 19:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A top veterinary official in Zimbabwe said Wednesday that an outbreak of Foot and Mouth near the capital Harare had spread to other areas despite efforts to bring it under control. Full text...

  • Aid agency says food situation worsening in Zimbabwe
    19 august 2003 18:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Food shortages are worsening in Zimbabwe with harvests from this year's farming season running out in most areas, FOSENET, an umbrella body for several local and international NGOs has warned. Full text...

  • Consumer prices remain stable in Mali
    18 august 2003 23:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The price of millet, maize and rice in Mali remained stable in the first half of August, the National statistics and computing department (DNSI) told PANA Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's flower production, exports fall
    18 august 2003 18:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Flower Growers Association of Zimbabwe said Monday that export volumes and earnings from the commodity for the year ended July, had fallen compared to the corresponding period in 2002, and attributed the decline to government's controversial land reforms, which had driven many producers off their farms. Full text...

  • Six COMESA countries register food surplus
    18 august 2003 14:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Six member countries of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) recorded cereal production surplus estimated at 550,000 tons at the end of the 2002/2003 farming season, COMESA spokesperson Mweusi Karake said in Lusaka Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earns $100 million from tobacco
    18 august 2003 12:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's tobacco auctioneers said Monday the country had earned 100 million US dollars from exports of 47 million kilogrammes of the crop, about half the nation's output this year. Full text...

  • Agency predicts more rainfall in the Sahel
    17 august 2003 22:02:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Africa's Sahelian belt would continue to record substantial rainfall until 23 August, according to the weather agency of the Niger-based Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). Full text...

  • China joins fight against locusts in Guinea Bissau
    15 august 2003 09:13:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- China has granted 150,000 dollars to support the fight against locust swarms, which affect some regions in Guinea Bissau, official sources said here Friday. Full text...

  • Input shortages threaten farming in Zimbabwe
    14 august 2003 19:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Shaderick Bepura is a desperate man, or a would-be farmer, to be precise. Full text...

  • German NGO opens up Ethiopia's remote communities
    14 august 2003 12:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Thanks to the vision of German Agro Action (GAA), a development co-operation NGO, Ethiopia's out-of-the-way communities are seeing their first light on development. Full text...

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