Monday, August 23, 2010
Agriculture-Economy of Yemen
traditionally, Yemen was famous for its coffee, shipped from the port of Al-Mukha, from which the English word mocha derives. The main cash crop is qat, a mild stimulant chewed by many Yemenis on a daily basis, using modern irrigation techniques, provides a level of production to nearly nearly satisfy domestic demand. As a high cost producer , Yemen is not yet able to internationally compete in marketing its produce , especially since such exports are often blocked at the borders. Agriculture out put in 1999 ( in 1,000 tons) included sorghum, 321, tomatoes, 248, wheat-144, grapes-160, bananas-88, cotton-25, coffee-12, etc.