Agriculture -
  • Cameroon experiments on breeding hedgehogs
    11 september 2002 16:54:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon, with the backing of the European Union and an NGO dubbed 'Veterinarians without Borders' is encouraging the breeding of hedgehogs as part of efforts at alleviating poverty, checking poaching and fostering the conservation of biodiversity. Full text...

  • Weather experts issue El Niٌo warning in Tanzania
    10 september 2002 09:25:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Weather experts in Tanzania have issued an El Niٌo warning predicting that the dreaded weather pattern would hit the country before the end of the year. Full text...

  • Angola needs $200 million to restore coffee production
    09 september 2002 20:33:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola needs about 230 million US dollars to recover coffee production in Angola, Manuel Dias, director of the National Coffee Institute, told a press conference Monday in Luanda. Full text...

  • Zambia limits distribution of GM grain to refugees only
    09 september 2002 15:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has allowed the World Food Programme to distribute its marooned genetically modified (GM) maize among refugees insisting, however, that the grain must first be milled into corn-flour, vice-president Enoch Kavindele said Monday. Full text...

  • UN envoy meets Zambian officials over biotech food
    09 september 2002 15:12:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- UN humanitarian envoy James Morris held discussions Monday in Lusaka with Zambian government officials, including vice-president Enoch Kavindele on how to deal with genetically modified maize grain that was brought in for distribution to starving millions. Full text...

  • UN envoy arrives in Zambia to assess humanitarian needs
    08 september 2002 11:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- UN special humanitarian envoy, James Morris arrived Sunday in Zambia to assess the extent of humanitarian needs among rural dwellers following scanty rains that left crops withered in fields. Full text...

  • 60,000 face food crisis in Guinea Bissau
    06 september 2002 17:27:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- About 60,000 people in southern Guinea Bissau are facing a food crisis, according to a survey by a local farmers' association. Full text...

  • WFP chief welcomes Zimbabwe's about-turn on GM food
    06 september 2002 16:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- World Food Programme executive director James Morris has welcomed Zimbabwe's about-turn to accept genetically modified (GM) food aid. Full text...

  • Africa's civil society backs Zambia for rejecting GM maize
    06 september 2002 14:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Africa's civil society groups that participated in the just ended World Summit on Sustainable Development say they fully support Zambia for rejecting genetically modified maize, describing the food as contaminated. Full text...

  • WFP to give Zimbabwe more food aid
    05 september 2002 17:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The World Food Programme announced Thursday it would give Zimbabwe 55,000 tonnes of food aid a month to help avert mass starvation due to drought. Full text...

  • Over 120 Zimbabwean farmers explore prospects in Zambia
    04 september 2002 15:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- At least 125 white farmers from Zimbabwe are currently in Zambia exploring possibilities of relocating their activity to the neighbouring country. Full text...

  • Annan tells Mugabe to handle land reforms fairly
    04 september 2002 14:29:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has stressed to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe that he should redistribute land fairly and compensate those who are affected, including commercial farmers and farm workers. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe rejects genetically modified food
    02 september 2002 12:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe reiterated Monday its rejection of genetically modified food on health grounds, a week after the World Health Organisation urged drought-stricken countries in southern Africa to accept donations of such food as it posed no health risk. Full text...

  • Drought-stricken Mauritania needs urgent food aid
    02 september 2002 11:36:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's interior minister Lemrabott Mahmoud Ould Chekh Ahmed has launched an urgent an international appeal for food aid to avert impending starvation. Full text...

  • Malawi government wages war against hunger
    01 september 2002 11:59:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- In response to a looming food shortage that has seen more than three million Malawians starving, the government of President Bakili Muluzi has devised a number of strategies aimed at maximising agricultural yields. Full text...

  • Hungry Angolans search for food in Mavinga
    31 august 2002 12:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Thousands of hungry Angolans have reportedly flocked into the town of Mavinga in search of food aid, an international NGO revealed in Nairobi Saturday. Full text...

  • Chissano backs Zimbabwe's controversial land policies
    30 august 2002 16:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Visiting Mozambican President Joachim Chissano Friday backed Zimbabwe's controversial land reforms, saying they were imperative moves to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. Full text...

  • Kenya's tea production records marginal growth
    30 august 2002 11:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's tea production in the month of July improved marginally compared to the same month last year, but failed to mitigate a declining trend since January. Full text...

  • Activists fail to stop live export of South African ruminants
    30 august 2002 09:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Grahamstown High Court in South Africa has dismissed with costs an urgent application brought by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) to prevent the export of goats and cattle for slaughter. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's white farmers need billions to pay off workers
    29 august 2002 21:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Embattled white farmers in Zimbabwe require a whopping ZWD10. Full text...

  • Sudan gets 25 million-dollar loan from CEN-SAD Bank
    29 august 2002 17:31:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The African Development and Trade Bank, an arm of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), has approved a loan of 25 million US dollars for Sudan to acquire fertilisers, Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman announced in Khartoum Thursday. Full text...

  • Fish production declines in Kenya
    29 august 2002 13:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A scarcity of fish and fish products looms large in Kenya in the coming months following a great fall in the national catch. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police arrests more white farmers for defiance
    29 august 2002 12:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe said Thursday they had arrested 29 white farmers in the last 24 hours for defying a state order to move off their farms to pave way for resettlement of landless peasants. Full text...

  • Senegalese officials trade blames over flaws in food distribution
    29 august 2002 08:55:00
    Diourbel- Senegal (PANA) -- Local authorities in the Senegalese region of Diourbel, 146 km east of Dakar blamed each other for flaws in the distribution of emergency food aid to peasants, when President Abdoulaye Wade visited the area to assess reports of a food shortage there. Full text...

  • Regional authorities in Senegal appeal for food aid
    29 august 2002 08:17:00
    Diourbel- Senegal (PANA) -- Contrary to President Abdoulaye Wade's disavowal of claims about famine raging in the rural parts of the country, local authorities insist the central Senegalese region of Diourbel, 146 km from Dakar needs 26,780 tons of relief food and 4,000 tons of cattle feed. Full text...

  • FAO announces food security programme for Gabon
    27 august 2002 20:27:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- FAO director general Jacques Diouf has announced the launching of a special food security programme in Gabon in 2003 to alleviate its food scarcity problem. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe says foot-and-mouth disease outbreak under control
    27 august 2002 18:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A government veterinary official in Zimbabwe said Tuesday a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in the central district of Zhombe, which led to the suspension of beef exports two months ago, had been brought under control. Full text...

  • Gabon imports 134 million dollars worth of food
    27 august 2002 12:49:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon imports 134 million US dollars worth of food products, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) chief executive Jacques Diouf has observed in Libreville, as he winds up a two-day working visit to the central African country Tuesday. Full text...

  • FAO plans food security programme for Gabon
    26 august 2002 23:59:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation will implement a special food security programme for Gabon starting early 2003, the organisation's Director General, Jacques Diouf, announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Embattled Zimbabwean white farmers turn to Zambia
    26 august 2002 18:25:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Some Zimbabwean white farmers ordered to quit their properties under President Robert Mugabe's controversial land reform, are now inquiring about vacant plots in Zambia, a farmers' Union official said in Lusaka Monday. Full text...

  • South African farmer evicted in Zimbabwe blames Mbeki
    26 august 2002 12:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South African farmer Crawford van Abo, whose farm was seized in Zimbabwe by the government two weeks ago to resettle landless peasants under its controversial agrarian reforms, Monday attacked President Thabo Mbeki for not coming to his rescue. Full text...

  • Minister assures Zambians of adequate food
    24 august 2002 20:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia Saturday dismissed suggestions that some of its citizens could die of hunger in the coming weeks after the government rejected genetically modified food aid. Full text...

  • Envoy defends Mugabe's land policy
    23 august 2002 17:53:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Zimbabwean High Commissioner to Botswana, Zenzo Nsimbi, has defended President Robert Mugabe's controversial land reform programme, blaming the British government for the crisis. Full text...

  • Govt lists more white-owned farms for seizure in Zimbabwe
    23 august 2002 10:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The government in Zimbabwe, brushing aside renewed international concerns about its controversial land policies, Friday listed more than 50 white-owned commercial farms for compulsory seizure to resettle landless peasants. Full text...

  • Mauritius expects drop in sugar production this year
    22 august 2002 15:40:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Sugar production in Mauritius this year was likely to be lower than the estimated 570,000 tonnes, according to the latest assessment by the island's chamber of agriculture. Full text...

  • FAO director-general visits Congo-Brazzaville
    21 august 2002 23:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Food and Agriculture Organisation director-general Jacques Diouf arrived in Brazzaville Wednesday on a two-day working visit to Congo, an official source said. Full text...

  • Zambian leader to assess situation in famine struck areas
    21 august 2002 23:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa starts a weeklong tour of Southern Province Thursday to assess first hand the extent of famine in the region which he declared a disaster area two months ago. Full text...

  • Malawi gets agriculture grants from EU, Britain
    21 august 2002 20:54:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has granted Malawi 345 million Euro to strengthen the country's agriculture, natural resources and transport infrastructure, an official statement said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia gets maize offer from Kenya and Tanzania
    21 august 2002 10:31:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Kenya and Tanzania have offered Zambia undisclosed quantities of natural maize to replace the genetically modified (GM) grain from the US rejected by authorities in Lusaka last week. Full text...

  • US announces Water Project support for West Africa
    20 august 2002 20:22:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The US Tuesday announced 41-million-dollar water partnership projects in Ghana, Mali and Niger. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe tells peasants to occupy white-owned farms
    20 august 2002 16:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The government of Zimbabwe Tuesday told landless peasants to occupy plots it has allocated them on white- owned commercial farms and ignore the farmers' challenge of the acquisition of their properties. Full text...

  • Swazi farmers warned against planting donated yellow maize
    20 august 2002 10:51:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- Agricultural authorities in Swaziland Tuesday warned farmers that planting yellow maize or the Genetically Modified (GM) food donated by the US to the thousands of starving Swazis could cause a serious ecological problem for the kingdom. Full text...

  • Senegalese agriculture in critical situation
    19 august 2002 16:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The agriculture industry in Senegal is in a serious crisis, according to officials in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. Full text...

  • Botswana refuses Zimbabwean white farmers land applications
    19 august 2002 13:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The government in Botswana has refused applications for land by 17 Zimbabwean white farmers, a local newspaper reported Monday, quoting a senior government official in Gaborone. Full text...

  • Nigeria sets up committee on rice production
    19 august 2002 11:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has set up a national committee to ensure that Nigeria attains self- sufficiency in rice production by 2005. Full text...

  • Hundreds of defiant white farmers appear in court in Zimbabwe
    19 august 2002 08:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Nearly two hundred white farmers arrested over the weekend in Zimbabwe for defying a government order to vacate their farms to pave way for resettlement of landless peasants were due to appear in court Monday for initial remand. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean police detain 90 defiant white farmers
    17 august 2002 18:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean police Saturday launched country-wide swoops on white farmers defying a government order to vacate their properties to pave way for the resettlement of landless peasants, and detained nearly ninety of them. Full text...

  • Kenyan embarks on elimination of dangerous crop pests
    17 august 2002 16:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan ministry of agriculture has embarked on an ambitious nationwide campaign to eliminate crop pests at the grassroots level, with officials saying the objective of the campaign is to ensure minimum post-harvest losses by farmers. Full text...

  • SADC chairman appeals for more food aid
    17 august 2002 13:50:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's President Bakili Muluzi has warned of a catastrophe if the world ignores the prevailing food and humanitarian crisis the region. Full text...

  • Mixed performance in agricultural season
    17 august 2002 13:15:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The situation is satisfactory in most of Burkina Faso's regions despite the delay in rains in the 2001-2002 agricultural season official sources said in Ouagadougou Friday. Full text...

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