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Economic effects of the campaign against Khat

Khat, commonly known as 'Chat' by Ethiopians, is a perishable stimulant. Reports show more than five hundred thousand farmers grow Khat in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia is one of the exporters of Khat commodity along with Yemen. Khat is the most popular choice of drug among the youth and the number of users has been growing in time. A recent campaign against Khat became controversial when one party argues for saving the youth while the other argues how it would affect the lives of the farmers. The BBC talked with Doctor Zerihun Mohammed who has been researching the effects of Khat. According to him even though the consequences of Khat in the society is worrying it should also be noted that Khat is among the top exported products for the country. He also added that regulating the production and distribution of Khat can be used as a solution.