Khat Import Bans Cause Economic Hardship for African Farmers

Khat Import Bans Cause Economic Hardship for African Farmers

MERU, KENYA—

Kenyan farmers are starting to pull out fields of khat — a leafy green plant chewed as a stimulant in the Horn of Africa and in some Arab states. More countries are banning the import and sale of the plant, and six months after a British ban went into effect, Kenyan farmers are finding it hard to grow alternative crops.

Khat farmers in central Kenya are struggling to sell the leafy stimulant known as Khat or Miraa after most European countries banned its import.

It is another day on the farm for this teenager as he picks Khat leaves for local consumption.

Hilary Kiriangi said he is fearful for his future as his family struggles to find a market for their produce.

“Even though I am a student, my community economy will suffer, and someone like me I will not get school fees and a good life,” he said.Hezekiah Kiriangi has been a Khat farmer for more than 30 years. He said he also is feeling the pinch of the ban.”Since they said we cannot export Khat my business has gone down. Whatever I was getting from the Khat before I cannot get it any more. The issue has been politicized, Khat […]

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