Khat Growers in Bahir Dar Began Removing from Farms

Farmers in Bahirdar, Amhara regional state, and its surrounding areas began to remove Chat (Khat) plants from their farms, reports Amhara Mass Media Agency.

According to the report, the growers decided to unroot the plant after considering its socio-cultural impacts of the mild narcotic.

Mustefa Tadesse, a farmer lived in Bahir dar area started to destroy the chat pant which was laid in 1 hectare of plot.

Khat chewing has become a common practice among youth in various places in Ethiopia.

In Ethiopia, study findings regarding the prevalence of khat chewing were highly dispersed and inconsistent.

Khat (Catha edulis) is an evergreen shrub that is planted and chewed in eastern through southern parts of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

It is believed that khat cultivation originated in Ethiopia, and was imported to Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and Yemen.

Khat chewing is becoming a common practice and great concern in university students because they think that it helps increase their academic performance especially during exams and for recreational purposes.

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