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  • IFAD worried by rural poverty in East, Southern Africa
    22 may 2002 08:39:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Ministers responsible for agriculture, finance and economic planning from East and Southern Africa, begin a two-day conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Thursday to adapt a strategy for the mitigation of rural poverty in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Drought, HIV/AIDS Threaten Food Security in Southern Africa
    21 may 2002 23:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Drought, floods, economic instability and HIV/AIDS are threatening the food security of millions of people spread across six countries in southern Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya starts livestock vaccination campaign
    21 may 2002 21:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's veterinary department has embarked on an ambitious programme to screen and treat all the country's livestock against contagious trans-border diseases like Bovine Pleuro-Pneumonia. Full text...

  • SADC discusses severe regional food crisis
    21 may 2002 18:01:00
    Ezulwini- Swaziland (PANA) -- As hunger pangs bite deeper into the entire Southern African region, delegates from the 14-member SADC countries were meeting in Swaziland to decide how to access food aid for millions of people facing starvation in the region. Full text...

  • Low tobacco prices still troubling Zimbabwe farmers
    21 may 2002 12:06:00
    HARARE- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's tobacco farmers are still withholding their crop from the auction floors due to low prices in spite of a promised subsidy from the government last week, officials of marketing houses said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Moroccan farmers consolidate their debts
    21 may 2002 08:28:00
    Rabat- Moroccan (PANA) -- Some 90,735 over-indebted farmers out of 115,000 farmers with loans from the state-owned National Agricultural Credit Fund (CNCA) have benefited from an exercise aimed at consolidating their debts, CNCA sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Swaziland records worst ever crop yields
    20 may 2002 21:43:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland experienced the worst yields in crops, particularly maize, this season thus causing the acute shortage of food supplies in the kingdom. Full text...

  • Hunger forces Swazis to eat wild nuts and berries
    20 may 2002 20:58:00
    Hlane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Peasants in eastern Swaziland have resorted to wild nuts and berries to supplement an ever-shrinking diet with the onset of winter. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to earn more from flower exports
    19 may 2002 18:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's flower growers said Sunday they expected to increase export earnings to 86 million US dollars this year from last year's 54 million dollars due to expanded production. Full text...

  • Ethiopia to get 15 million-US-dollar FAO support
    02 may 2002 18:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has earmarked some 15 million dollars to boost food security in Ethiopia this year. Full text...

  • Mugabe declares drought national disaster
    30 april 2002 11:22:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Tuesday declared the prevailing drought in the country a national disaster, to enable the government to mobilise local and international assistance. Full text...

  • Regenerative agriculture takes root in rural Senegal (Feature)
    27 april 2002 16:39:00
    Thies- Senegal (PANA) -- A women's economic grouping in Senegal's village of Taiba Ndao has introduced Irish potatoes as a new cash crop thanks to the adoption of regenerative agriculture. Full text...

  • EU pledges 1 million euros against organic pest in Ethiopia
    27 april 2002 12:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The European Union has pledged nearly one million euros (about US 897,400) to fund an innovative organic pest controlled-farming project in Ethiopia, the European Commission in Addis Ababa said Saturday. Full text...

  • Addis Ababa hosts regional land management conference
    25 april 2002 23:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A three-day regional conference opened Thursday in Addis Ababa to discuss means to achieve sustainable land management and poverty reduction in the East African highlands. Full text...

  • Zambian president tours Zimbabwe's maize project
    25 april 2002 21:25:00
    Chiredzi- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Visiting Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa said Thursday his country would emulate Zimbabwe's experimental winter maize growing project to beat a raging drought in his country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe steps up maize imports
    24 april 2002 10:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has stepped up imports of its staple, white maize from Africa, Asia and Latin America to avert mass hunger in the country, according to agriculture officials. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa reiterates need to prioritise agriculture
    22 april 2002 15:44:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Recognising the vulnerability of the Zambian economy due to its dependence on copper mining, President Levy Mwanawasa has re-emphasised that his government was pursuing deliberate measures to make agriculture the lead sector. Full text...

  • Farmers' training vital for Africa's food self-sufficiency
    19 april 2002 23:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amid serious problems in the marketing of Senegalese peanuts, Dr Michel W Bassey, The Rodale Institute's West Africa regional director, believes it is opportune to start looking for alternative cash crops to maintain farmers' income levels. Full text...

  • Nigeria to import 130 tonnes of fertiliser
    19 april 2002 16:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government says it will import 130 metric tonnes of fertiliser this year for sale to farmers at a reduced price to boost food production in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius announces plan to develop horticulture
    19 april 2002 13:36:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has embarked on the wholesale development of horticulture and its food-processing industry, an official at the ministry of agriculture said. Full text...

  • SOFITEX-Burkina to produce 500,000 tonnes of cotton
    18 april 2002 20:54:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe textiles company SOFITEX has urged growers to produce 500,000 tonnes of cotton for the 2002-2003 season (up 100,000 tonnes), in spite of price falls at the world market. Full text...

  • Moroccan farmers anticipate good season following rains
    18 april 2002 20:19:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Heavy rains across Morocco have raised prospects for this year's farming, according to press accounts that cited sources at the Agriculture ministry, Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malawi's maize yield drops by 300,000 tonnes
    18 april 2002 20:16:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A combination of factors will make yields of Malawi's staple food, maize, to drop by 300,000 metric tonnes in the current harvest season, thereby extending the spectre of the hunger crisis that has hit seven million Malawians. Full text...

  • UNDP, FAO support agricultural producers
    17 april 2002 15:51:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme currently finances a large agricultural project in DR Congo initiated by the government to boost plant, animal and fish production in the country. Full text...

  • NEPAD needs investment to modernise African agriculture
    17 april 2002 13:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Participants at the agriculture workshop during the just-ended NEPAD conference on private sector financing have emphasised the importance of modernising African agriculture in general through adequate investment. Full text...

  • Fake pesticides feared to affect Kenyan harvest
    16 april 2002 15:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Fears are rising among Kenyan farmers that they could lose the entire maize crop following reports that they had been using fake pesticides. Full text...

  • New EU quality rules for Cote d'Ivoire's pineapple
    16 april 2002 10:47:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian pineapple growers have been asked to comply with new European Union export requirements by September 2002, sources close to the Collective of Ivorian Pineapple Growers (COPLACI) said in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Private sector urged to value Africa's agriculture
    16 april 2002 08:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- As the conference on financing the New partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) got underway in Dakar Monday, the private sector was challenged to give a new lease to the agricultural sector so as to bridge the gap with industrialised countries. Full text...

  • Ivorian leader pleads for agriculture/environment harmonisation
    15 april 2002 21:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo said Monday in Dakar that Africa needed to harmonise its environmental and agricultural sectors. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Banks Maintain Lending to Agriculture Sector
    15 april 2002 12:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean bank said Monday local banks had continued to lend heavily to the country's key agriculture sector despite its instability following the government's controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • IITA's new vision for African agriculture
    14 april 2002 14:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A senior official of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Robert Booth, says efforts to develop and expand farming systems in Africa stand a better chance of succeeding if they are established as business ventures. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Expects Bumper Tobacco Crop
    13 april 2002 16:33:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Despite the severe drought that hit Zimbabwe this year, the country's tobacco output is projected at 200 million kilogrammes as it was in 2001. Full text...

  • Researcher says cassava could end famine in Africa
    13 april 2002 10:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Hunger and famine in Africa could be relegated to history if the cassava crop is expanded and popularised, says a Nigerian researcher, Olumide Tewe. Full text...

  • Researchers find prospects for Ivorian agribusiness
    10 april 2002 22:09:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A research conducted by the Ivorian Agronomic Research Association (AISA) reveals that potatoes should grow in Cote d'Ivoire, the researchers reported Wednesday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • International food technology fair underway in Dakar
    10 april 2002 16:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 3rd edition of an international fair on agro-industry and food technology (SIAGRO 2002) is underway in the Senegalese capital with more than 150 exhibitors from Africa, Asia, Europe and America in attendance. Full text...

  • Heavy rains destroy crops, livestock, houses in northern Malawi
    10 april 2002 13:09:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Over 1,000 hectares of various crops have been destroyed by heavy rains in the northern lakeshore district of Nkhata Bay, further worsening the food crisis that has hit most parts of the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earns $68 million from horticulture
    09 april 2002 09:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe increased export earnings from horticulture last year to 67. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Explores Ways to Expand Farming as Drought Bites
    08 april 2002 23:46:00
    Chiredzi- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- "As we plant here, the maize we are importing from Brazil, Argentina and other places will be coming and the two will complement each other," Zimbabwe's Vice President Simon Muzenda said Sunday as he inaugurated a pilot winter maize growing scheme. Full text...

  • Only 14,000 attend Burundi's agricultural fair
    08 april 2002 23:33:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Only about 14,000 visitors attended Burundi's first national agriculture and livestock trade fair which ended Sunday in Bujumbura the capital. Full text...

  • Regional workshop on Cassava opens in Nairobi
    08 april 2002 12:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A five-day regional workshop on how to improve the production and commercialisation of the cassava crop opened in Nairobi Monday, hosted by the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), based in the Kenyan capital. Full text...

  • Botswana expects worst drought in 20 years
    05 april 2002 22:44:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Meteorologists in Botswana are predicting that a severe drought will hit the country by the end of the year and are advising the government and farmers to stock up on food and water. Full text...

  • Cameroon experiments with pesticidal plants
    05 april 2002 19:52:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Chemicals made from plants with pesticidal or fungicidal properties are currently being used on experimental basis by farmers' groups in the East and Central provinces of Cameroon, as well as in the country's northern region, Felix Monfire Nkapemin, national co-ordinator of the National Agricultural Extension Programme (PNVA), has told PANA. Full text...

  • FAO boss in DR Congo
    05 april 2002 19:18:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Jacques Diouf, Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), is in Kinshasa on a three-day visit to DR Congo at the invitation of the Congolese government. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Govt Lists More Farms for Seizure
    05 april 2002 12:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- For the third time in two weeks, the Zimbabwe government Friday listed more white-owned farms for seizure to resettle landless peasants under its agrarian reform programme. Full text...

  • Zambian farmers rejoice over killing of rogue lion
    04 april 2002 12:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Farmers in Zambia's southern District of Namwala are rejoicing over the killing of a lion that had been terrorising villages and killed some 40 domestic animals. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe resumes beef export to Libya
    04 april 2002 10:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Thursday it was resuming lucrative beef exports to Libya, suspended last year after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Swazi honey producers struggling to meet domestic demand
    03 april 2002 15:39:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi honey producers are unable to meet the domestic demand of some 2. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe white farmers say farm invasions on the increase
    03 april 2002 12:56:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embattled white farmers said Wednesday invasions and seizures of their farms by landless peasants had risen since last month's presidential election in which President Robert Mugabe, who backs the land grabs, retained power. Full text...

  • International agriculture show ends successfully in Senegal
    02 april 2002 22:33:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's third International Agriculture and Animal Resources Trade Fair (FIARA) held from 25 March to 2 April in Dakar attracted over 6,000 visitors and 150 exhibitors from nine countries, the organisers said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya youths protest government's ban on fishing
    02 april 2002 17:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of youths in Kenya's Nyanza Province has urged the government to lift the temporary ban on "Omena" (Rastrineobola argentea) fishing in Lake Victoria, saying it would affect the community's source of livelihood. Full text...

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