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  • 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...

  • Guinea hopes to revamp coffee production
    02 april 2002 10:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The chairman of the National Federation of Coffee Farmers in Guinea, Sidiki Camara said the signs of revamped coffee production in the country have appeared after the drop recorded in the current campaign. Full text...

  • UNDP boss says poll dispute complicates Zimbabwe's land issue
    18 march 2002 19:48:00
    Monterrey- Mexico (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's land reform programme can only make meaningful progress when the political dispute between the government and donor nations is resolved, UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown, said Monday. Full text...

  • Zambians prepare for radical agricultural reforms
    14 march 2002 15:57:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- As Zambia prepares for a radical transformation of its farming sector, details are emerging why the widely maligned Food Reserve Agency failed to deliver the much needed services, leaving the nation in the grip of a devastating famine. Full text...

  • IFAD to introduce projects in ten Burundi's provinces
    13 march 2002 23:55:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will extend it projects in 10 Burundi's 17 provinces with particular emphasis on perennial crops, fishing and the environment, it was revealed in Bujumbura Wednesday. Full text...

  • IFAD to fund poverty alleviation projects in central Kenya
    13 march 2002 14:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said it would fund poverty alleviation projects in five of Kenya's six central districts, officials from the organisation said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan coffee sales register steady increase
    12 march 2002 18:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Auctioning at the Nairobi Coffee Exchange Tuesday registered an upswing in total sales with the Coffee Board of Kenya (CBK), attributing the active performance to a steady increase in the crop's prices. Full text...

  • France grants 74m CFA F to small-scale commercial farmers
    12 march 2002 12:44:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- France Tuesday agreed to grant Congo 74,789,000 CFAF (over 100,000 US dollars) to develop a small- scale farms along the Bacongo coastal road. Full text...

  • Migratory locusts invade DR Congo's Bas-Congo Province
    08 march 2002 19:55:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The DR Congo district of Bas-Fleuve, in the province of Bas-Congo, is facing a migratory locust invasion which has ravaged subsistence crops in the area, an agriculture official, Mvemba Nzuzi, told PANA. Full text...

  • Zambian farmers urge govt to switch to agriculture
    07 march 2002 11:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Amid dwindling returns from copper, Zambian farmers are asking for further concessions above those given by the government in this year's budget, in a bid to make agriculture the backbone of the national economy. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe declares drought national disaster
    07 march 2002 09:57:00
    Chipinge- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Thursday declared a prevailing drought in the country a national disaster compelling the government to raise local and international resources to import food to avert starvation. Full text...

  • Military base converted into seafood harvesting farm
    06 march 2002 13:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A former South African military weapons testing range at Salfdana north of Cape Town has been leased to a company for the development of a massive abalone farm. Full text...

  • Satisfactory African Participation in Paris Agriculture Show
    05 march 2002 23:55:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A feeling of satisfaction could be noted among the African delegations that took part in the 39th international agricultural show (SIA), which ended Sunday in Paris. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau enacts law against livestock theft
    05 march 2002 21:34:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau parliament has passed a law prescribing jail terms of up to five years for convicted livestock thieves. Full text...

  • Kenyan Coffee Fetches High Price
    05 march 2002 17:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Increased supply of high quality coffee from growers boosted the crop's prices at the auction held Tuesday in Nairobi, the Coffee Board of Kenya has announced. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to Buy Farm Equipment from Belarus
    04 march 2002 15:21:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Monday signed an agreement with Belarus for the supply of tractors, combine harvesters and other farm equipment to support its agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • Kenya develops new cashew nut, cottonseeds
    03 march 2002 13:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Scientists from the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) have developed new cashew nut and cotton varieties in a bid to revitalise the collapsed cotton and cashew nut sectors in the country. Full text...

  • Benin adopts land fertility management plan
    01 march 2002 14:01:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Ministry has approved a national action plan for sustainable management of the country's soil fertility. Full text...

  • COMESA preparing common agricultural policy
    01 march 2002 11:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), is preparing a common agricultural policy, according to its Secretary General Erastus Mwencha. Full text...

  • Beninese leader to honour 77 farmers
    27 february 2002 15:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin president Mathieu Kerekou will present awards Thursday in Cotonou to the country's 77 best farmers for 2001, the agriculture ministry has said. Full text...

  • Seven million Malawians face starvation
    27 february 2002 11:38:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Food shortage in Malawi is worsening, with statistics indicating at least seven million of the country's 10 million people are on the verge of starvation. Full text...

  • Spanish agriculture minister tours Angola
    26 february 2002 20:10:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Spain's Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Miguel Arias Canete arrived in Luanda Tuesday for a two-day working visit to Angola. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to import more maize to bridge expected defecit
    25 february 2002 21:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Monday it would import an additional 200,000 tonnes of maize, the country's staple food, to meet an anticipated production shortfall in the current farming season. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe expects to increase flower export earnings
    25 february 2002 14:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Flower producers in Zimbabwe said Monday that they expected to earn 80 million US dollars from flower exports this year due to an increase in production. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe produces record wheat crop
    25 february 2002 14:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Agriculture officials in Zimbabwe said Monday that farmers had produced a record winter wheat crop, and ruled out a recurrence of last year's shortage of the commodity. Full text...

  • Senegal doubles efforts at second participation of farm show
    25 february 2002 11:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Senegalese authorities have doubled their efforts in the country's second participation at the International Agricultural Show (SIA) which opened in Paris on Saturday. Full text...

  • Africa under-represented at Paris Agricultural Show
    25 february 2002 10:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Only three African countries - Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal and Tunisia - are participating in the ongoing 39th International Agriculture Show (SIA), which opened in Paris Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritian market gardeners threaten to halt production
    22 february 2002 22:39:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius farmers Thursday threatened to stop growing vegetables because of financial difficulties following damaged suffered from cyclone Dina a month ago. Full text...

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