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  • 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...

  • Zimbabwe dishes out loans to peasants
    29 august 2001 15:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Wednesday approved the disbursement of a 15-billion-Zimdollar (273 million US dollars) loan scheme to peasant farmers it is resettling under its controversial land reform programme to finance agricultural production in the farming season starting in October. Full text...

  • Plant creates hundreds of job opportunities
    29 august 2001 13:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- One of the largest aqua food projects in Africa was launched this week at Makokskraal in the Northwest Province of South Africa. Full text...

  • Tandja hails agricultural cooperation between Niger and Egypt
    28 august 2001 23:42:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's President Mamadou Tandja has commended the agricultural cooperation between his country and Egypt saying it is an outstanding example of technology transfer among developing countries. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe revises down maize import needs
    27 august 2001 11:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Monday revised down its import requirement of the staple maize food to 100,000 tonnes from an earlier estimate of 700,000 tonnes this year. Full text...

  • Nujoma stresses need for fair land distribution
    26 august 2001 19:48:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia President Sam Nujoma reiterated Sunday that land redistribution is central to his government's policy because agriculture was the mainstay of the country's economy. Full text...

  • FAO officer highlights need to combat hunger
    26 august 2001 15:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- FAO's regional information officer for Africa Paul Fouda Onambele on Sunday said that fighting hunger must be the first step to reducing poverty. Full text...

  • Mauritius to produce food in neighbouring countries
    25 august 2001 14:55:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture has said it intends to work with neighbouring Mozambique and Madagascar to produce food for the country. Full text...

  • Swine fever hits pig industry in southern Malawi
    25 august 2001 14:34:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- An outbreak of African swine fever has killed at least 70 pigs in Malawi's southern district of Balaka. Full text...

  • Niger upbeat on agricultural prospects
    24 august 2001 23:52:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The National Department of Agriculture in Niger has reported better rainfall this year, occasioning extensive cultivation and planting of farmland. Full text...

  • Swine fever kills over 800 pigs in Benin
    24 august 2001 16:57:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Swine fever has killed a total of 853 pigs in Parakou, 400 km north of Cotonou, according to the director of Benin's veterinary and phyto-sanitary control, Dr. Full text...

  • Pockets of hunger but no starvation, says Minister
    23 august 2001 21:44:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Agriculture Minister Helder Muteia has admitted that there are "pockets of hunger" in the country due to poor harvest but denied that anyone has starved to death from famine. Full text...

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