A vehicle transporting miraa from Meru.

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‘Green gold’: From boom to bust in less than a year

What you need to know:

  •  Truckloads of miraa pickers and graders zooming past the villages are now a thing of the past, a fact that has rendered thousands of youths jobless.
  • In Maua town, miraa traders’ chairman Mohamed Quresh says about 500 families whose heads were dependent on the fluid miraa export business, are now in need of food aid.

On this day last year, Kachiongo area in Maua town was a beehive of activity, with more than 5,000 traders rushing against time to deliver orders of miraa, fresh banana leaves for packaging, sacks and ropes to anxious khat exporters.  


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