Agriculture Report – British Ban on Khat Angers Kenyan Farmers

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Agriculture Report - British Ban on Khat Angers Kenyan Farmers

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Kenyan farmers say a British ban on the plant as khat will seriously affect their businesses and economy. of khat, also called miraa, are worth a lot money to Kenya. The farmers have exported the plant to European countries and Somalia. Khat is grown in colder climates of central Kenya. For years, people have using it as a drug. Chewing the leaves of plant can increase the heartbeat and make a person more awake. Some Kenyan politicians and khat traders have on the government to open talks with British officials convince them to cancel the ban on khat. They ending the ban would save Kenya's khat industry from . Kipkorir Menjo is the director of the Kenya Farmers . He says the ban will affect tens of thousands peopleIn July, British Home Secretary Theresa May banned the stimulant. She warned that traders could use Britain to khat illegally to other European countries. Khat is already in most European countries, including France, Germany and the . Kenyan traders exported about 20 tons of khat to Netherlands weekly before the ban. Another 36 tons a was sent to Britain. Kipkorir Menjo says khat farmers traders need to speak up so that Britain can the banAs the farmers and traders study the latest in Europe, another battle awaits them inside Kenya. The Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse urging the government to list khat as an illegal . For VOA Learning English, I'm Alex Villarreal.

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