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  • Mali gets 19.68 million-dollar ADB credit
    13 november 2001 19:42:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has granted Mali a loan of 19. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe announces land scheme for black commercial farmers
    12 november 2001 20:32:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Monday announced plans to resettle more than 50 000 new black farmers on commercial farms to be seized from whites under its controversial land reform programme. Full text...

  • Kenya unveils new fishing industry measures
    11 november 2001 13:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities have put into effect new tough measures meant to save dwindling fish stocks in Lake Victoria, the freshwater mass shared with neighbours Uganda and Tanzania. Full text...

  • DR Congo needs 25,000 tonnes of improved seeds
    10 november 2001 15:45:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Requirements for improved seeds for DR Congo are estimated at 25,000 tonnes per year with a renewal rate of 20 percent every five years, sources at the ministry of agriculture, fishing and livestock farming in Kinshasa said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe secures funds for maize imports
    09 november 2001 11:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Friday said it had secured a 25-million US dollars line of credit through a local bank to finance imports of maize from neighbouring South Africa. Full text...

  • Cattle breed faces genetic malformation threats in Kenya
    08 november 2001 16:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Friesian cow breed preferred by most dairy farmers in Kenya is threatened by a genetic malformation that could affect local milk production, veterinary authorities disclosed to PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • Foot and Mouth disease strikes Zimbabwe again
    08 november 2001 13:43:00
    Bulawayo- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Veterinary officials in Zimbabwe said Thursday that foot and mouth disease had broken out again in the main beef producing areas in the south of the country, just a month after an earlier outbreak in the region was brought under control. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe agriculture agency foils illegal wheat exports
    08 november 2001 13:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Thursday it had foiled an attempt by white commercial farmers to illegally export huge quantities of wheat and maize, commodities which the southern African country is itself importing from Brazil and South Africa to meet a shortfall. Full text...

  • Tanzania forms board to streamline sugar industry
    07 november 2001 22:56:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian legislators Wednesday passed a bill setting up a new regulatory body to take charge of the country's shaky sugar industry. Full text...

  • Mauritian, British scientists save endangered coffee plant
    06 november 2001 14:12:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritius National Conservation Parks and the British Royal Botanical Gardens have succeeded in producing 21 plants from a single cutting of a very rare coffee plant - the Ramosmania heterophylla - the only type to exist in the world. Full text...

  • Growers move to popularise onion farming in Congo
    06 november 2001 13:39:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Some 94 onion growers in Boko district, south of Congo, have fixed 31 October as their annual Onion Promotion Day, Agriculture ministry officials in Brazzaville disclosed Tuesday. Full text...

  • WFP donates 11,416 tonnes of cereal to Malian schools
    03 november 2001 13:03:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has provided 11,416 tonnes of cereals to several school canteens in the northern regions of Mali seriously affected by a food crisis due to a cereal deficit this year, a source said at the food agency. Full text...

  • Mali to liberalise cotton sector by 2005
    03 november 2001 12:27:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali plans to liberalise its cotton sector by 2005, with a view to increasing production and improving competitiveness in the industry, a source close to the Malian Textile Development Company (CMDT) hinted Friday. Full text...

  • Cereal deficit to hit 13 Burkinabe provinces
    03 november 2001 11:02:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Thirteen of Burkina Faso's 45 provinces are likely to suffer cereal deficits this year, according to the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and the Burkinabe Agriculture and Livestock ministry. Full text...

  • European support for Mozambican agriculture
    02 november 2001 23:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The European Commission and the Mozambican government Friday signed an agreement in Maputo under which the commission will provide 17. Full text...

  • Mali to develop over 3,000 hectares of rice field
    02 november 2001 23:13:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government recently approved a project for the development of 3,100 hectares in the rice producing area of the Niger (River) Authority, a source close to the Malian rural development ministry said on Friday. Full text...

  • Tobacco growers condemn WHO tactics
    02 november 2001 22:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Tobacco growers from 18 countries have expressed outrage at the exclusion of two member countries from an important regional meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO) held recently. Full text...

  • FAO team arrives in Zimbabwe for land talks
    02 november 2001 08:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A team from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is in Zimbabwe for preparatory talks with the government ahead of the visit by officials from the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) to explore ways of resolving the country's land crisis. Full text...

  • Zambia needs farming inputs to avert famine
    01 november 2001 16:13:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia may have to import maize again next year unless seeds and chemical fertilisers are urgently delivered to farmers ahead of the farming season, a church organisation has warned. Full text...

  • Regional experts discuss cashew production crisis
    31 october 2001 20:21:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Experts from Southern and Eastern Africa are meeting in Maputo to discuss the crisis in cashew production in the region. Full text...

  • Irrigation project to benefit 32,000 peasants
    29 october 2001 17:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia is to launch an irrigation and land conservation project that will involve 32,000 small producers in the western Amhara State, it was officially disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe nets highest tobacco earnings
    27 october 2001 17:27:00
    HARARE- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe agriculture officials said at the weekend the country netted 35 billion Zimbabwe dollars (1 USD - 55 ZD) from this year's tobacco crop whose marketing season closed Friday. Full text...

  • Upturn for Zimbabwe's flower exports
    26 october 2001 11:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's flower growers said Friday that despite instability on commercial farms caused by the government's controversial land reforms, they had increased export earnings by 15 percent this year compared to last year. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's beef exports slump
    26 october 2001 11:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe would lose beef export revenue of up to 1 100 million Zimbabwean dollars (20 million US dollars) this year due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, industry officials said Friday. Full text...

  • Zambia imports South African fertiliser
    25 october 2001 18:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Zambia's Food Reserve Agency is to import fertiliser worth 29 million US dollars from South Africa under a financial deal concluded with the Absa Corporate and Merchant Bank. Full text...

  • Yamoussoukro to host conference on perennial crops
    24 october 2001 21:00:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 300 delegates from Africa and Europe will gather in Yamoussoukro for a six-day conference on the future of perennial crops starting 4 November, it was officially announced here. Full text...

  • FAO gives Congolese farmers seeds
    24 october 2001 19:06:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UN Food agency, FAO has donated seeds and gardening tools to denizens of Djambala and Lekana in Congo's central Plateaux region, the agriculture and livestock ministry said Tuesday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Cuba offers land surveyors to Zimbabwe
    24 october 2001 18:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Cuba on Wednesday offered land surveyors to help Zimbabwe speed up the demarcation of thousands of farms compulsorily acquired from white commercial farmers to resettle landless blacks under its controversial land reform programme. Full text...

  • Ethiopia drafts law on biodiverity resources
    24 october 2001 08:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Institute of Biodivesity Conservation and Research (IBCR) has indicated it was drafting legislation to govern access to biodiversity in the country. Full text...

  • Zambia to host SACAU secretariat
    23 october 2001 11:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The newly created Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) is to set up a temporary headquarters in Lusaka, a Zambian Union official has said. Full text...

  • Angola to invest one million dollars in animal farming
    23 october 2001 08:30:00
    Lubango- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan government is investing one million US dollars to boost animal farming in the central and southern regions of the country, an official said. Full text...

  • African governments advised to review irrigation policies
    22 october 2001 21:07:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A senior official of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation on Monday urged African governments to review their water resources development and irrigation policies to meet the continent's food security goal. Full text...

  • Ghana fails to meet demand for animal protein
    22 october 2001 20:31:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Due to various constraints affecting the development of the livestock industry, Ghana has failed to meet its demand for animal protein from local sources, deputy food and agriculture minister Matthew Antwi said here Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia plans to boost agricultural export
    20 october 2001 15:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian government says it is strengthening the role of the private sector to increase agro exports to regional markets through the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) Free Trade Area (FTA). Full text...

  • India to prop up rice production in Mozambique
    20 october 2001 14:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Five Indian technicians are expected in Mozambique within the next two weeks, to help relaunch rice production in the Zambezia district of Nicoadala. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's irrigable land under-utilised
    20 october 2001 12:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Trade and Industry minister of State Haile Taddesse has said that only 160,000 hectares of land in Ethiopia was under irrigation, noting that this was less than five percent of available irrigable surface. Full text...

  • ADF finances agricultural project in Niger
    19 october 2001 19:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Development Fund (ADF) has approved a loan of 5. Full text...

  • Spirulin, an algae to fight malnutrition in Africa
    19 october 2001 14:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Intensive cultivation of spirulin, a microscopic algae known a long time ago by the Aztecs and Kanembous in Chad could solve food deficiency problems faced by millions of African children. Full text...

  • Cassava sub-sector in Benin needs 51 billion CFA
    19 october 2001 13:57:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The development of the cassava sub-sector to replace cotton, experiencing difficulties for a few years now, will cost Benin over 51 billion CFA francs (about 6. Full text...

  • Botswana to develop Master Plan on agriculture
    18 october 2001 23:26:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana is working on a comprehensive Master Plan to develop its agriculture, according to Agriculture Minister Johnny Swartz. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe imports wheat from Brazil
    18 october 2001 18:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Thursday it was onto importing 144 000 tonnes of wheat from Brazil to meet a shortfall in domestic production. Full text...

  • FAO calls off World Food Summit
    17 october 2001 12:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Citing ongoing international political tension, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has postponed the World Food Summit which was due to take place early November in Rome. Full text...

  • Prospects high for Sudan's sugar production, export
    16 october 2001 19:56:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Already the only net exporter of sugar to the Middle East, Sudan expects to be exporting over one million tones a year by 2005, compared to just 150,000 tones last year. Full text...

  • DR Congo Agriculture minister visits Angola
    12 october 2001 14:19:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- DR Congo's minister of Agriculture, Andre Lippe Futa, is in Luanda on a two-day official visit to Angola. Full text...

  • Britain faults Zimbabwe over Abuja land deal
    12 october 2001 12:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A British diplomat Friday accused Zimbabwe of failing to deliver on a landmark agreement on land reform it struck with London last month under Nigerian mediation. Full text...

  • Obasanjo welcomes World Bank's re-engagement with Nigeria
    11 october 2001 19:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo Thursday welcomed the World Bank's recent decision to become involved once again with agricultural and rural development in Nigeria, a statement state house said. Full text...

  • Government, white farmers at odds over compensation
    11 october 2001 15:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government and white farmers Thursday locked horns over compensation for farm workers to be displaced from commercial farms the authorities were seizing under a controversial land reform programme. Full text...

  • Wheat farming possible in North-Kivu, study shows
    10 october 2001 11:43:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Wheat farming is possible in the Congolese province of North-Kivu, according to a recent study undertaken by the research station of the N'Dihira-based National Institute for Agronomic Studies and Research (INERA). Full text...

  • ILRI urges Ethiopia to improve livestock technology
    10 october 2001 10:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has stressed the need for Ethiopia to improve on its husbandry techniques and livestock production. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe combats Foot and Mouth disease
    08 october 2001 10:56:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Monday it had contained a two-month old outbreak of foot and mouth disease, and was ready to resume beef exports. Full text...

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