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  • 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...

  • Mwanawasa says agriculture is key to Zambia's development
    22 february 2002 21:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has come out with a comprehensive agricultural reform package that aims at stabilising food prices at the same time as agricultural output is enhanced, said President Levy Mwanawasa in Lusaka Friday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo says NEPAD is agriculture-based
    19 february 2002 19:41:00
    Rome- Italy (PANA) -- The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) is rooted in agriculture, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo declared in Rome Tuesday. Full text...

  • Food firm, Del Monte, to help Kenyan farmers
    19 february 2002 19:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Fruits and vegetable farmers in Kenya are to boost their product processing and marketing under a scheme announced in Nairobi Tuesday by European food Company, Cirio Del Monte. Full text...

  • IFAD finances 2.6-billion-dollar projects in Africa
    19 february 2002 18:47:00
    Rome- Italy (PANA) -- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has financed some 243 projects worth 2. Full text...

  • Botswana to destroy 12,000 FMD-Infected Cattle
    19 february 2002 14:06:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A herd of 12,000 cattle that has been infected with foot-and-mouth disease in Botswana will be destroyed, Agriculture Minister Johnnie Swartz announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • FAO boss approves food security plan for Cote d'Ivoire
    18 february 2002 17:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Jacques Diouf, Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has ended a four-day visit to Cote d'Ivoire, during which he approved the country's food security strategy, official sources said. Full text...

  • Nigerian President Obasanjo to address IFAD meeting
    18 february 2002 15:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi will address the governors board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at the start of its 25th annual session in Rome Tuesday. Full text...

  • Agricultural fair opens Tuesday in Cote d'Ivoire
    15 february 2002 23:47:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Organisers on Friday announced they would formally launch the third agricultural and animal resources exhibition (SARA) next Tuesday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Body declares war on stem borer virus
    13 february 2002 14:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Agriculture Research Institute (Kari) has launched a campaign to fight a destructive virus which is transmitted via the stem borer insect. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe on Foot and Mouth alert
    13 february 2002 14:44:00
    Bulawayo- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Wednesday it had placed its veterinary services on full alert following reports about an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in neighbouring Botswana near the border between the two countries. Full text...

  • Malawi Appeals For Urgent Food Assistance
    12 february 2002 13:14:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Faced with a worsening food crisis, the Malawi government Tuesday called on donor countries, Companies and NGOs, for help. Full text...

  • Angola to give Zimbabwean farmers land
    11 february 2002 20:18:00
    Huambo- Angola (PANA) -- Angola will allocate 10,000 hectares of arable land in the central Huambo province to a local consortium that includes Zimbabwean farmers. Full text...

  • Cyclone-Hit Farmers in Mauritius Demand Compensation
    11 february 2002 20:05:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Farmers in Mauritius are pressing the government to pay them 30,000 rupees (1,000 dollars) each in compensation for their crops devastated by cyclone Diana two weeks ago. Full text...

  • Zambia reviews priorities in the face of widespread hunger
    11 february 2002 07:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- As the hunger situation in Zambia deepens police have so far arrested five South Africans and two locals who tried to steal 12,500 tons of imported corn flour. Full text...

  • South African President hints at price control for basic foods
    10 february 2002 20:22:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki hinted on Sunday that his government may have to step in to curb rising food prices. Full text...

  • Six African countries attend Paris Show
    07 february 2002 22:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Some six African countries would be present at the International agricultural show (SIA) to hold 23 February to 3 March at the Versailles Park in Paris, the organisers indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's agricultural inventory rolls off
    07 february 2002 22:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An agricultural inventory to be undertaken throughout Ethiopia beginning next September, is expected to cost close to 300 million birr (about 35. Full text...

  • Kenyan growers get economic boost from wonder mango tree
    05 february 2002 21:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- From a distance, the mango tree, sagging heavily with fruits, looked like any other ordinary mango tree, but on a closer look one discovers a wonder tree, for it bore three different varieties of the fruit. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe imports maize from South Africa
    02 february 2002 17:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's grain procurement agency said Saturday it had bought 200 000 tonnes of maize from South Africa to bridge a deficit which has led of fears of possible starvation. Full text...

  • Obasanjo to attend IFAD's meeting in Rome
    01 february 2002 18:05:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is expected to deliver a keynote address at a two-day 25th governing Council session of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), beginning 19 February in Rome, Italy. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe anticipates rise in sugar production
    31 january 2002 16:32:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Sugar producers in Zimbabwe said Thursday they expected output to rise by 10 percent this year if the country received sufficient rains in the current farming season. Full text...

  • Scientist says local staples can avert hunger in Africa
    30 january 2002 09:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African governments and regional bodies must promote production, utilisation and marketing of local staples within and across borders to avert the looming famine in parts of the continent, an African crop scientist said Wednesday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Zambia accuses Zimbabwe over sharp food shortages
    29 january 2002 18:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia, which is now in the grip of a devastating food shortage, has accused its southern neighbour Zimbabwe for heightening the problem through unnecessary red tape. Full text...

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