It is well known how Qat – as a stimulant drug – negatively affects Yemen. Its impact has transcended beyond the individual’s own health and has spelled over agricultural productivity and water production as Qat plantation is known to use between 60 – 70% of water resources in Yemen in addition to the diversion of many peasants away from planting useful plants such as vegetables, fruits, and crops to planting Qat instead as the latter is more profitable than the former. This has also resulted in shortage of such useful agricultural products which end up being imported from abroad while Qat gets consumed locally and cannot be exported due to the fact that it is classified as an illegal drug in most parts of the world. On average, an individual spends around US$4 and wastes around 9 hours a day on chewing Qat. It is catastrophic on so many levels.
|With Mr. Ahmed Ben Mubarak "Secretary general of the NDC"& NDC Youth members|
|*with Mr. Jamal Ben Omar Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General, UN Envoy to Yemen|
|"Dr. Maeen Abdulmalek"Head of institution’s independence committee|
Updating: in 19th Sept 2013
The Institutions Independence Committee at the NDC has agreed on the following directives and recommendations which the committee agreed to submit on the NDC's final session to be approved and adopted by the NDC. And one day we will see it in the constitution :)
Link to the NDC page: Ar: http://www.ndc.ye/ar-news.aspx?id=1981