College Graduates Escape Unemployment into Qat Farms

National Yemen

Yemen Qat Farmer Saif al-Bakili shows interests of farming Qat

By NY staff

In remote villages in Wadi Bana in the Ibb governorate, the agricultural terraces of the Qat tree are sweeping large areas of farms previously growing cereals, fruits, and vegetables.

Because of the free time resulting from unemployment, many youths have turned their farms into Qat farms. They prefer working on Qat farms more than government jobs as a result of the large financial returns they receive.

In an earlier speech, President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi said that unemployment among young people has reached six million. Most of them have resorted to working in the Qat trade, which flourishes every day.

Despite Qat consuming large amounts of irrigated water in Yemen, it is flourishing because of groundwater projects where the irrigation networks go to Qat more than any other crop.

Recent government subsidies added new burdens for the youths after they were dreaming of a civil state free of corruption, which led many people to travel abroad looking for a job or a better life.

However, the counties around the world have closed their doors in their faces. Saudi Arabia has deported hundreds of thousands of Yemeni youth during the past two years.