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  • Govt gives Malawian farmers free maize seeds
    07 october 2001 11:07:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi government has begun distributing free maize seeds and fertiliser to one million peasant farmers in a bid to boost production of their staple. Full text...

  • Government Seeks Tenders For Importation Of Maize
    05 october 2001 15:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia is seeking tenders for importation of 200,000 tonnes of maize, needed to replenish dwindling national stocks following this year's poor harvest. Full text...

  • World Food Summit moved from Rome to Rimini
    04 october 2001 23:54:00
    Rome- Italy (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's 5-9 November World Food Summit, will now take place at the Italian east coast city of Rimini, the FAO said in statement Thursday. Full text...

  • Swine fever outbreak in Northern Malawi
    04 october 2001 20:56:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- At least 79 pigs have died in Malawi's northern border District of Karonga following an outbreak of the African Swine Fever, and it is feared that up to a quarter of the 20,000 pigs in the District is at risk of infection. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's Horticulture Earnings Drop
    04 october 2001 17:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's horticulture producers said Thursday their export earnings for the year ended July 2001 had dropped by US$5 million to US$65 million compared to last year, due to lower prices on the international market. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Registers Record Tobacco Earnings
    04 october 2001 16:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's tobacco Marketing companies said Thursday a record Z$28. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Seed Company invests in Botswana
    04 october 2001 08:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean seed producing company said Thursday it had set up a subsidiary in Botswana as part of a regional expansion strategy. Full text...

  • Morocco's citrus growers anticipate big harvest
    03 october 2001 20:37:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's citrus fruit production is expected to reach some 1,180,000 tonnes this season, up from last year's 978,500 tonnes, the Association of Moroccan Citrus Fruit Producers (ASPAM) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Scientist calls for research into low-till agriculture
    03 october 2001 16:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A senior African agricultural expert, Dr Marcel Nwalodzie, has called for investigations to determine whether the 'low-till' agricultural technique being used in Asia could be adapted to soils in Sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Congo, FAO sign Cassava agreement
    02 october 2001 23:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Congo Brazzaville government have signed an agreement on the control of cassava diseases and rodents, the Agriculture Ministry said Tuesday. Full text...

  • FAO advocates conservation farming
    02 october 2001 19:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At the ongoing World Congress on conservation farming in Madrid, Spain, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has advocated ecologically sound methods in soil use. Full text...

  • South African Sunflower variety flourishes in Sudan
    02 october 2001 19:32:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A specie of sunflower imported from South Africa is doing well in Sudan's central plains, according to the State-run Agricultural Research Corporation. Full text...

  • Farmers want production cost reduced
    01 october 2001 12:12:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Members of the Zambia National Farmers Union have called for the reduction of production costs to enable them to be competitive in international trade. Full text...

  • Slumping prices, poor marketing hit cashew nut industry
    30 september 2001 14:34:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Poor marketing and a succession of poor prices at the world market impelled by an imminent glut are rapidly eroding Tanzania's foreign exchange earnings from cashew nuts, putting farmers at risk of running into the red. Full text...

  • Kenya to act on adulterated milk.
    29 september 2001 11:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Dairy Board plans to set up inspection units to curb the proliferation of adulterated milk in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritian scientists rescue palm trees
    29 september 2001 09:39:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian scientists at the Agriculture and food technology ministry have rescued a rare specimen of a palm plant, Hyophorbe amaricaulis, believed to be the last of its kind surviving in the world. Full text...

  • Portuguese NGO props food production in rural Angola
    28 september 2001 08:58:00
    Sumbe- Angola (PANA) -- A Portuguese NGO, OIKOS, has indicated plans to revamp food production in Angola's rural Gabela council area in the southern province of Kwanza Sul. Full text...

  • Niger offers cheese from camel milk
    27 september 2001 08:09:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger has come up with a formula for turning camel milk into cheese, thanks to a French-financed 210 million CFA francs (295,666 US dollars) project by Karkara, a local non-governmental organisation, the daily Tenere Express newspaper has reported. Full text...

  • Rwanda to export potatoes to Oman
    25 september 2001 18:04:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda plans to export 15 tonnes of Irish potatoes to Oman next month, press reports Tuesday quoted a local agricultural promotion official as hinting. Full text...

  • Burundi's livestock dwindles amidst continued fighting
    24 september 2001 11:25:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Agriculture and livestock ministry officials in Burundi said that 26 percent of bovine animals, 47 percent of swine and 50 percent of poultry have been lost in the country due to war. Full text...

  • Mozambique mobilises against foot and mouth disease
    22 september 2001 16:44:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique is expecting about 80,000 doses of vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease next week for administration to livestock in the Beira Corridor and districts bordering Zimbabwe, following an outbreak in the neighbouring country, press reports hinted Saturday. Full text...

  • Namibia looking at prospects for donkey meat exports
    22 september 2001 11:54:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia is planning to conduct a survey to determine how many donkeys it has in the country before starting a full-fledged export venture of the hardworking animals. Full text...

  • Swine fever kills 200 pigs in Kenya
    22 september 2001 09:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has issued an alert following a break out of African swine fever, a highly contagious disease which has killed over 200 pigs in the past two weeks. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Doubles Tea Exports
    21 september 2001 15:42:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe doubled tea exports in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2000, raking in nearly 36 million US dollars, agriculture officials said Friday. Full text...

  • Commercial Farmers Give Up More Land to Govt
    21 september 2001 14:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's white farmers, besieged by the government's controversial land reforms, Friday voluntarily gave up nearly 30 more farms to the authorities for resettlement of landless peasants. Full text...

  • Hoteliers, farmers agree to revolutionise menus in resorts
    21 september 2001 11:34:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Bowing to mounting criticisms for ignoring locally-available foodstuffs, Tanzanian hoteliers have expressed their willingness to reduce their preference for imported items. Full text...

  • West Africa in huge rice imports
    20 september 2001 23:41:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Rice imports across the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are as high a billion dollars a year, according to West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA) managing director Kanayo Nwanze. Full text...

  • Malawi imports 180,000 tonnes of maize from South Africa
    19 september 2001 15:51:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The first shipment of 180,000 tonnes of maize imported from South Africa to stave off famine in Malawi would be delivered by next Tuesday, it was officially announced Wednesday in Blantyre. Full text...

  • Farm attacks said on the rise in South Africa
    18 september 2001 21:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's National agriculture body, AgriSA said Tuesday that attacks on farmers in the country had doubled compared to the same period last year. Full text...

  • SADC farmers urge uniformity of laws
    17 september 2001 22:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Farmers within the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) are calling for a common agricultural action plan including a harmonised policy and legal framework. Full text...

  • FAO cries foul over wanton hunger
    17 september 2001 19:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Monday spoke out against increasing hunger, insisting that the phenomenon was tantamount to a violation of human rights on a massive scale. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe brings foot and mouth disease under control
    17 september 2001 17:51:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe agriculture officials said Monday they had identified the source of the foot and mouth disease which broke in August and were close to bringing it under control. Full text...

  • Eastern Africa ministers discuss pest control
    17 september 2001 13:57:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Ministers of agriculture from six eastern Africa countries Monday began a two-day meeting in Arusha, northern Tanzania, to discuss strategies of pest and vector control in the region. Full text...

  • Kenyan coffee continue losing world market premium
    17 september 2001 12:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Coffee sector experts have cited wrangling as the main reason why the Kenyan coffee industry is slowly losing its world market premium. Full text...

  • Zambia revokes lease with South African investor
    16 september 2001 15:20:00
    Ndola- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Geoffrey Mukala has directed the ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) to terminate the contract of Masaiti Farm Institute, which had been leased to a South African Investor. Full text...

  • Five regions quarantined for swine fever
    15 september 2001 17:41:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Tanzanian government has announced new measures to deal with the spread of the highly contagious African Swine Fever, which was first reported in the country last May. Full text...

  • Kenya sets guidelines for milk marketing
    15 september 2001 10:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan health and agricultural authorities have released new guidelines on the marketing of milk and milk products in the country. Full text...

  • SADC lands ministers to meet in Windhoek
    13 september 2001 20:02:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers of lands are converging in Windhoek for a consultative meeting devoted to the land question in the region. Full text...

  • Malawi in food row
    12 september 2001 11:54:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's state-owned food dealers, the Agricultural Development and Marketing Board (ADMARC), and the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) are trading blame for an acute food shortage in the country. Full text...

  • Researchers win war on cassava disease
    10 september 2001 10:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan researchers say the have made a major breakthrough in the war against the "Cassava Mosaic Disease," a virulent virus that has greatly affected the production of the crop in the country. Full text...

  • Namibia to import less maize from South Africa
    07 september 2001 18:58:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia is to import 70 000 tonnes of white maize from South Africa this year, Agronomic Board chief executive Chistof Brock hinted Friday. Full text...

  • Good crop forecast in south-east Senegal
    06 september 2001 23:12:00
    Tambacounda- Senegal (PANA) -- There has been a good crop in the south-eastern Senegal region of Tambacounda despite poor rains received during August which is normally a rainy period, the regional director of rural development has said. Full text...

  • Immigrants pose threat to Botswana's FMD measures
    06 september 2001 23:01:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Sources in Botswana have expressed fears that illegal immigrants entering the country through unofficial points could compromise efforts at preventing the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) from Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Sudan signs agriculture pact with Morocco
    06 september 2001 20:52:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan and Morocco have signed a co-operation agreement on agriculture, the press reported in Khartoum Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe fights to control foot and mouth disease
    04 september 2001 18:04:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe government agriculture officials said Tuesday they had intensified efforts to control a raging foot and mouth disease that has cost the economy hundreds of millions of dollars in lost export revenue. Full text...

  • Netherlands to support Kenyan farmers
    04 september 2001 17:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Dutch government is to spend over Ksh 13 million (about 166,000 US dollars) on a horticultural and dairy farming project in Kenya's marginal areas of Keiyo and Marakwet districts. Full text...

  • Ethiopian bank reaches out to peasant farmers
    02 september 2001 17:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) has granted more than 641 million birr (about 76. Full text...

  • Sudan earns 150 million dollars yearly from animal resources
    31 august 2001 13:50:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan earns an average of 150 million US dollars from the animal resources sector each year, according to Mustafa Ismail Al-Hajj, the Deputy Manager of the country's Animal Resources Services Company. Full text...

  • Army transports peasants to seized white farms
    31 august 2001 10:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe authorities Friday dispatched hundreds of army and government trucks countrywide to ferry landless peasants to plots allotted them on farms seized from white-owned farmers. Full text...

  • Caterpillars invade rice fields
    30 august 2001 15:07:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Caterpillars have invaded over 600 hectares of rice fields in the Guinean localities of Doupourou, Tounkhifili and Mankountan in Boffa Division, 146 km north of Conakry. Full text...

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