BY NY Staff
The Iradat Watan Bila Qat (Will of a Nation Without Qat) Foundation, in cooperation with the Sustainable Environment Foundation, organized a media campaign for a number of local and international correspondents to witness the uprooting and replacement of Qat trees with coffee tress in the villages of Alswod and Germa, both located in the Haraz area of Monakha.
Alswod Sheikh, Ahsan Abdo Alswodi, said the leafy green plant drains his village of valuable water resources that could be better used to grow alternatives to Qat.
He called on the government to help by providing trees and constructing dams.
Sheikh Abdullah Mohammed Germa of Germa village said that responsibility also lies with Yemenis and encouraged village residents to grow alternatives to Qat, such as almonds or coffee. Germa claims that these alternative products could bring in more money than Qat.
Alswodi wants the entire nation to follow the example of the Haraz region. He urged citizens to think of the benefits for Yemen if Qat were to be replaced with coffee, almonds, fruits and vegetables.
The mission of the Will of a Nation Without Qat Foundation is encourage a new generation of Yemenis leave behind Qat and to investment the time, money, energy and resources for Qat into something more productive and beneficial for the country.