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  • 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...

  • 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...

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