Agriculture -
  • 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...

  • Morocco hosts world forum on food safety
    29 january 2002 11:59:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A world forum on food safety jointly organised by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) is underway in Marrakech, Morocco. Full text...

  • Malawians discuss worsening food crisis
    28 january 2002 16:16:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- A big crisis meeting is underway in Lilongwe to seek ways to avert a recurrence of the critical food crisis that hit Malawi this year. Full text...

  • Kenya plans to export surplus maize
    27 january 2002 13:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is currently negotiating with several African countries to have them buy the country's surplus maize. Full text...

  • WFP distributes relief maize in Zimbabwe
    26 january 2002 15:23:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) Saturday began distributing food relief to hundreds of thousands of people facing starvation in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Kenya hard on finding pest-resistant maize variety
    24 january 2002 22:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Almost two years after the Insect Resistant Maize for Africa (IRMA) project was launched in Kenya to develop high-yield maize resistant to the stem-borer, researchers on the project remain pessimistic about a quick breakthrough. Full text...

  • Army worms invade Zimbabwe
    24 january 2002 10:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Government agriculture officials in Zimbabwe have reported an outbreak of army worms which are destroying crops in several provinces. Full text...

  • Zambian president promises to revamp agriculture, industry
    24 january 2002 10:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) --Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa says he is taking measures to revamp the country's industry and agriculture sectors which are on the brink of collapse. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe government seizes huge stocks of maize
    22 january 2002 21:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's state-run grain procurement agency has reported seizing more than 36 000 tonnes of maize in recent weeks from farms of white commercial farmers, charging that the stocks had been hoarded in protest against the government's controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • Rainstorm destroys barley crop in Kenya
    22 january 2002 10:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Downpours accompanied by hailstorms Monday night destroyed over 4,000 acres of barley in Olkurto Division of Narok District, south western Kenya, causing a heavy loss to farmers. Full text...

  • Kenya forms advisory body on food quality
    22 january 2002 08:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has launched a body to provide technical advice on the formulation of policies and trade negotiations on food quality and safety. Full text...

  • IFAD identifies peasants as potential development vectors
    21 january 2002 08:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- International Fund for Agricultural Development's President Lennart Bage has identified the rural poor as a group capable of becoming the principal vector for social change if given the necessary support. Full text...

  • Malawi food crisis worsens as Uganda maize fails to come
    20 january 2002 13:56:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi has despatched officials to South Africa and Zimbabwe to source for more maize following the collapse of negotiations to buy 60 000 metric tonnes of maize from Uganda. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe imports maize from Argentina, US
    20 january 2002 13:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's state-run grain procurement agency said Sunday it had started importing maize from Argentina and the US to avert starvation in the country. Full text...

  • France to help Kenya buy off local maize surplus
    20 january 2002 13:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- France will help Kenya purchase some 5,000 metric tones of maize that is part of a surplus produced by farmers in the east African country. Full text...

  • Ethiopian researcher praises agro-biotechnology
    19 january 2002 10:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A senior official at the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organisation has urged authorities in his country to finance the application of agro-biotechnology in order to raise agricultural production. Full text...

  • Senegalese farmer lays out five-point anti-poverty plan
    18 january 2002 23:38:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese farmer Mamadou Cissokho Friday in Paris stressed the need for increased investments in rural projects as a strategy to combat poverty. Full text...

  • Famine threatens parts of Tanzania
    18 january 2002 11:24:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Hunger is threatening some areas of Tanzania following a severe drought experienced in the last farming season, food security officials conceded Friday. Full text...

  • Paris to host IFAD rural poverty reduction conference
    17 january 2002 23:46:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A daylong conference opens in Paris Friday to debate measures capable of reducing global rural poverty. Full text...

  • Good yields save Niger from famine
    15 january 2002 23:19:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger is set to reduce its dependence on food aid this year as a result of the agricultural campaign the country's leadership undertook last year. Full text...

  • West African Farmers Review Causes of Rural Poverty
    15 january 2002 21:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In the back row of a conference hall, a seminar participant has dreams of development in a rural area where people till the land for survival. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe government seizes maize from white farmers
    12 january 2002 16:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Locked in a tussle with the government over its controversial land reforms, white commercial farmers in Zimbabwe complained Saturday that the authorities were seizing maize stocks from their farms to avert possible starvation in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts launch of IFAD report on West, Central Africa
    09 january 2002 23:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Lennart Bage, is due in Dakar 10 January for a five-day visit in the course of which IFAD's West and Central Africa regional poverty assessment report would be launched in the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Cameroonians grow edible mushrooms
    09 january 2002 17:43:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonians have begun learning to consume locally grown mushrooms thanks to a Chinese team based in the town of Obala, outside Yaounde. Full text...

  • Mozambique has enough food in case of disaster, says agency
    08 january 2002 22:57:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique currently possesses reserves of 8,421 tonnes of food to be used in the event of any natural disaster befalling the country during this rainy season. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt denies only giving land to supporters
    06 january 2002 14:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Sunday denied opposition charges it was only giving farmland to top officials and its supporters under its controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • African swine fever kills 5,000 pigs in Mozambique
    03 january 2002 22:24:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- An outbreak of African swine fever has killed some 5,000 pigs in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, the Beira daily paper Diario de Mocambique reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Angola announces good fishing results for 2001
    03 january 2002 09:52:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Some 232. Full text...

  • Rogue hippo wreaks havoc in southern Malawi
    31 december 2001 15:33:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A marauding hippopotamus has destroyed some farm lands around Lake Chilwa in the southern Malawi District of Zomba, after wildlife officials killed its partner at the weekend. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe farmers say tobacco production down
    31 december 2001 11:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embattled white commercial farmers said Monday the country's output of the key tobacco crop was expected to drop substantially in the current farming season due to the government's controversial seizure of their farms for re-distribution to land-less blacks. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Importing South African Maize
    30 december 2001 20:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe will begin to import maize from South Africa Monday to meet a shortfall in domestic production, a senior government official has said. Full text...

  • WFP stores food for disaster-prone areas of Mozambique
    29 december 2001 21:55:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP), has reserved some 2,000 tonnes of food to assist needy Mozambicans, a WFP official said. Full text...

  • Benin experts prepare forestry development plan
    29 december 2001 19:06:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 50 chief executives from Benin's Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing sectors, met Friday in Cotonou, to adopt a national forestry development plan for 2001-2020. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's farm settlers timidly take to agriculture
    29 december 2001 15:42:00
    Centenary- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- With encouraging music bellowing from his car radio a few metres away, Taurai Chidzonga attends to the healthy crop of maize on his newly acquired plot in northern Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Army worms devastate over 700 hectares of crops
    28 december 2001 16:46:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Army worms have devastated crops in the central Malawi lakeshore district of Nkhota Kota raising fears of more food shortages next year. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso gets Japanese agricultural grant
    28 december 2001 13:57:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso and Japan signed Thursday evening in Ouagadougou a memorandum under which Tokyo will provide 1. Full text...

  • France boosts fish production in DR Congo
    27 december 2001 22:35:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A fish farming project funded by French cooperation over the past year will supply Kinshasa with tilapia nilotica fish as from February 2002, project head Daniel Thomas told newsmen. Full text...

  • Benin publishes document on agricultural policy
    26 december 2001 22:12:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Agriculture ministry in Benin has published a document outlining the country's agricultural development policy. Full text...

  • Congo gets nearly 5000 improved cassava seedlings
    22 december 2001 12:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The cassava laboratory at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria has donated 5,900 improved cassava seedlings to Congo, agriculture officials said in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • IFAD, Belgium to fund Kenyan poverty alleviation project
    21 december 2001 15:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in conjunction with Belgium Survival Fund intends to spend over 35 million shillings (447,000 US dollars) for poverty alleviation projects in dry areas of the central Kenya district of Thika. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe government increases maize prices
    21 december 2001 10:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Friday increased the farm-gate price for maize, claiming the move is designed to lure farmers into selling stocks they were supposedly hoarding to press for better prices. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to export soyabeans to Malaysia
    20 december 2001 22:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has clinched a deal to export 36,000 tonnes of soyabeans worth 16 million US dollars to Malaysia next year, a top agriculture official said Thursday in Harare. Full text...

  • West African farmers want priority for small holders
    18 december 2001 21:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Network of West African farmers' organisations and agricultural producers (ROPPA) has recommend that the West African economical and monetary Union (UEMOA) give priority to small farmers in the Union agricultural policy (PAU). Full text...

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