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  • 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...

  • Zimbabwe to get Belarus tractors, fertilisers
    18 december 2001 20:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government said Tuesday it would import 2 000 tractors and several thousand tones of fertilisers from the former Soviet Republic of Belarus to boost its controversial land reforms. Full text...

  • Niger records food deficits in 1 900 villages
    13 december 2001 23:05:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger has reported food deficits of more than 50 percent in 1 933 villages, despite a national cereal surplus of 297 500 tonnes. Full text...

  • Premier Mocumbi reports of increase in Mozambique's harvest
    13 december 2001 20:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi said Thursday that despite the floods that hit the country's central provinces in the early part of this year, the 2001 harvest brought in 1. Full text...

  • Ethiopia loses 125,000 kg of wheat per day
    13 december 2001 14:23:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Inadequate maintenance of flour mills causes a loss of 125,000 kg of wheat per day in Ethiopia, according to a recent market survey by Bushler Company of Switzerland. Full text...

  • Ethiopia prepares national biotechnology policy
    11 december 2001 13:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian officials are working on a national biotechnology policy which the Minister for Capacity Building, Worde Wolde, said would enable the country to utilise its limited resources efficiently. Full text...

  • EU boosts Niger's food security programme
    09 december 2001 17:49:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 350,000 Niger villagers are expected to benefit from an EU food security programme, the EU delegation said in Niamey. Full text...

  • IFAD President To Visit Nigeria
    08 december 2001 15:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) president Lennart Bage is due in Abuja Monday for a four-day official visit to Nigeria, the UN Information Centre here has announced. Full text...

  • ANC seeks farming industry access for black South African youths
    07 december 2001 09:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The youth league of the African National Congress meets Friday in Johannesburg with Grain South Africa to discuss further the opening up of the farming industry to black and unskilled youths in South Africa. Full text...

  • Niger records 297,000 tonnes surplus in cereal
    05 december 2001 23:38:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger, which suffered 163,000 tonnes in cereal deficit last year, harvested 297,000 tonnes surplus of the grain this year, a government statement said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to export soybeans to South Africa
    05 december 2001 11:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe is set to make the best of neighbouring South Africa's 300 000-tonne soybean import requirement, a local bank affirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Supreme Court in Zimbabwe rules land reforms lawful
    03 december 2001 23:32:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Supreme Court in Zimbabwe Monday ruled that the government's agrarian reforms were lawful and complied with the constitution, dealing a big blow to white commercial farmers who had sought court intervention to block the take over of their farms by the government. Full text...

  • Kinshasa consumes 27 percent of DR Congo rice
    01 december 2001 18:46:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Kinshasa consumes some 27. Full text...

  • Cassava production may fall in Congo
    29 november 2001 23:05:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo is facing the threat of a food shortage, following a fall in the production of the country's staple food, cassava, sources at the ministry of Agriculture and Livestock said. Full text...

  • Newcastle virus disturbs poultry in Libyan region
    29 november 2001 10:06:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- An epidemic in the Libyan agricultural region of Sahl-Al-Jafara (south-west) has destroyed tens of thousands of chicken, the local daily "AL Chams" reported. Full text...

  • Mozambique leases land to Zimbabwean commercial farmers
    27 november 2001 23:48:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The authorities in Mozambique have approved 50 out of 63 requests from Zimbabwean commercial farmers seeking agricultural land in the central province of Manica. Full text...

  • Mozambique approves 50 land requests from Zimbabweans
    27 november 2001 23:44:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican authorities have approved 50 out of 63 requests made by Zimbabwean commercial farmers for agricultural land in the central province of Manica, according to Agriculture Minister Helder Muteia. Full text...

  • Angola to get 8,000 tons of maize from WFP
    27 november 2001 20:58:00
    Lobito- Angola (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) is sending some 8,000 tons of maize to the needy in Angola's central and eastern regions, the national news agency (ANGOP) has reported. Full text...

  • World Bank, Holland to support Malian agriculture
    26 november 2001 22:46:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's rural development minister Ahmed El Madani Diallo and the World Bank have signed in Washington a draft agreement to finance a programme for the country's Agricultural Services and Farming Associations (SPASFA). Full text...

  • Sudan all set to grow 500,000 acres of winter wheat
    26 november 2001 19:30:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan said it would increase its wheat growing acreage from 300,000 to 500,000 acres this winter, the country's agriculture ministry said Monday. Full text...

  • Belgian aid for food security in Niger
    26 november 2001 16:25:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation will assist Niger in guaranteeing availability of agricultural inputs to farmers under an agreement signed here at the weekend. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean white farmers threaten massive disinvestments
    26 november 2001 12:28:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embattled white commercial farmers Monday warned of a massive pullout of investment in the key agriculture industry if the government goes ahead with plans to slash their farm sizes as part of its controversial land reform programme. Full text...

  • Belgium-sponsored project enters phase two in Niger
    25 november 2001 17:29:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Aïchatou Mindaoudou, has signed an agreement with the FAO on the implementation of phase II of a project promoting agricultural inputs among local producers. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso working on pastoral law
    23 november 2001 16:44:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A national workshop on a pastoral code is underway in Ouagadougou, to regulate cattle breeding in Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Niger expects good agricultural yield
    23 november 2001 15:42:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger expects cereal output of around 200,000 tonnes by the end of 2001, according to the monthly bulletin by the National Early Warning System on agriculture. Full text...

  • South Africa discusses successful Foot-and-Mouth programme
    23 november 2001 08:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's minister for Public Service and Administration, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, is back in Pretoria after attending a conference in Uganda on improving service delivery. Full text...

  • IFAD supports rural credit system in Niger
    22 november 2001 21:43:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Small agricultural producers in Niger are set to benefit from a 10-year credit programme launched this week by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Full text...

  • Italy pledges to support Mozambique's agriculture
    22 november 2001 11:06:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Italy has pledged four million US dollars to support Mozambique's five-year National Agricultural Development Programme (PROAGRI), according to Agriculture Minister Helder Muteia. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe clinch beef export deals to Mozambique, DR Congo
    21 november 2001 23:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior Zimbabwean agriculture official said Wednesday the country had clinched lucrative beef export deals with the DR Congo and Mozambique. Full text...

  • FAO donates seeds to 1,000 Congolese farmers
    20 november 2001 19:08:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UN food agency, FAO, has donated seeds and ploughing tools to 1,000 farmers in the Ewo, Okoyo, Mbama, Etoumbi, Kellé and Mbomo districts in the West-Basin region of northern Congo, the agriculture ministry in Kinshasa said. Full text...

  • Senegal close to attaining food security
    20 november 2001 15:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Dr Nguyen Duc Tao, a Vietnamese who readily admits he does not miss his native Hanoi, has been in Senegal since 1997 as head of the special food security programme (SFSP), a 15-country pilot project launched by the FAO in 1994, but approved only two years later at the 106th session of the agency's council. Full text...

  • Govt. assesses Mozambique's Agricultural Programme
    20 november 2001 10:21:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's five-year National Agricultural Development Programme (PROAGRI), utilised only 49 million US dollars from its total budget of 202 million dollars in the past three years, according to Agriculture Minister Helder Muteia. Full text...

  • 1,000 Congolese farmers get FAO seeds donation
    19 november 2001 19:33:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UN food agency, FAO, has donated seeds of food crops and ploughing tools to 1,000 farmers in the districts of Ewo, Okoyo, Mbama, Etoumbi, Kellé and Mbomo in the West-Basin region of northern Congo, the agriculture ministry in Kinshasa said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria to boost cocoa production
    19 november 2001 18:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said Monday his administration was implementing policies and programmes to boost cocoa production in the country. Full text...

  • Niger gets more food relief from France
    19 november 2001 15:29:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger and France have signed a food relief agreement worth 630 million CFA francs (about 840,000 US dollars), official sources said in Niamey. Full text...

  • Platter Guide reflects new Cape dynamism in wines
    19 november 2001 10:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The John Platter Guide, winner of the 2001 Prix du Champagne Lanson for best wine guide world-wide, has launched its 2002 edition with 66 brand new entries plus exciting fresh features and enhancements. Full text...

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