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“Yemen Without Qat” Discusses Options

Recent statistics indicate the increase in the total acreage of Qat cultivation, which already exceeds more than 100 thousand hectares in Yemen and its cultivation over other crops.

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) estimated the acreage cultivated with Qat in Yemen as a quarter of the irrigated land area including nearly 650 million Qat trees that occupy vast tracts of arable land.

The “Yemen without Qat” organization held a press conference on Monday, under the slogan of “a better life for us and our generations” which is coming along with the inauguration to be held next Thursday.

In the conference, Hameed Ziyad one of organization’s founders, discussed the damages caused by chewing in various regards, and what consumption of the plant has wrought medically, socially, and psychologically.

He also introduced a special program on ways of to quit chewing which focused on self-esteem and will-power to break out of this crisis he described.

Ziyad also said that the Qat cultivation and its spread in many of the governorates is equivalent to the rate of other agricultural crops, without the distribution of any income and without any benefit whatsoever for the financial interest of the country.

The organization is going to contribute in the reduction and a promising end of this crop by 2020, evidencing the China, which it said got rid of its addiction to drugs and opium in seven years.

“Yemen will take 10 years due to the slowness of a cultural campaign, which will hopefully exclude Qat from being a part of social life.”

“Yemen wont reach a high level of economic prowess if Yemenis wont quit Qat ” comment Ziyad.

Abdulwase Hael Saeed Anam, the organization’s CEO, said that Yemenis were capable of reaching the progress achieved by other countries where Qat doesn’t exist in all aspects in other countries.

He also added that his organization will develop alternatives by giving membership for those wishing to quit chewing and open forums to fill the afternoon “chewing time.”

There will be categories in the organization depending on career specializations, for instance educators without Qat, Students without Qat, etc., he added.

Many international organizations promised to provide agricultural support if Yemeni farmers would neglect Qat cultivation and will grow other plants and will import Yemeni crops to encourage more constructive Yemeni agrictulture.

The institution is moving forward until this plant is removed from Yemeni land and banning its importing at any price.

Noting that the spread of the administrative and economic corruption inthe country was based on the use of this plant, where all the delay in work, waste of time, and being late to work is caused by Qat which was estimated at billions of hours and billions of riyals.

“Nowadays there is no room to chew in a successful work,” he claimed.

From another side, Abdulaziz al-Tarb , a noted business man, confirmed that this organization will contribute in many fields of sustainable development so Yemen can prosper, thanking the founding committee for their valuable efforts to assist the Yemeni citizen to get rid of this drug and replace it with other crops that benefit the country financially, medically and economically, asserting the sponsorship of civil and international organizations to reduce this phenomena.

Recent statistics indicate the increase in the total acreage of Qat cultivation, which already exceeds more than 100 thousand hectares in Yemen and its cultivation over other crops. The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) estimated the acreage cultivated with Qat in Yemen as a quarter of the irrigated land area including nearly 650 million Qat trees that occupy vast tracts of arable land.

The “Yemen without Qat” organization held a press conference on Monday, under the slogan of “a better life for us and our generations” which is coming along with the inauguration to be held next Thursday. In the conference, Hameed Ziyad one of organization’s founders, discussed the damages caused by chewing in various regards, and what consumption of the plant has wrought medically, socially, and psychologically.

He also introduced a special program on ways of to quit chewing which focused on self-esteem and will-power to break out of this crisis he described.

Ziyad also said that the Qat cultivation and its spread in many of the governorates is equivalent to the rate of other agricultural crops, without the distribution of any income and without any benefit whatsoever for the financial interest of the country.

The organization is going to contribute in the reduction and a promising end of this crop by 2020, evidencing the China, which it said got rid of its addiction to drugs and opium in seven years. “Yemen will take 10 years due to the slowness of a cultural campaign, which will hopefully exclude Qat from being a part of social life.”

“Yemen wont reach a high level of economic prowess if Yemenis wont quit Qat ” comment Ziyad.Abdulwase Hael Saeed Anam, the organization’s CEO, said that Yemenis were capable of reaching the progress achieved by other countries where Qat doesn’t exist in all aspects in other countries.

He also added that his organization will develop alternatives by giving membership for those wishing to quit chewing and open forums to fill the afternoon “chewing time.”

There will be categories in the organization depending on career specializations, for instance educators without Qat, Students without Qat, etc., he added. Many international organizations promised to provide agricultural support if Yemeni farmers would neglect Qat cultivation and will grow other plants and will import Yemeni crops to encourage more constructive Yemeni agrictulture.

The institution is moving forward until this plant is removed from Yemeni land and banning its importing at any price.

Noting that the spread of the administrative and economic corruption inthe country was based on the use of this plant, where all the delay in work, waste of time, and being late to work is caused by Qat which was estimated at billions of hours and billions of riyals. “Nowadays there is no room to chew in a successful work,” he claimed.

From another side, Abdulaziz al-Tarb , a noted business man, confirmed that this organization will contribute in many fields of sustainable development so Yemen can prosper, thanking the founding committee for their valuable efforts to assist the Yemeni citizen to get rid of this drug and replace it with other crops that benefit the country financially, medically and economically, asserting the sponsorship of civil and international organizations to reduce this phenomena.