It is also known as jimaa in the Oromo language and mayirungi in Luganda Language.
A good khat plant can be harvested four times a year, providing a year-long source of income for the farmer.
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) is a flowering plant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
Khat contains the alkaloid cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant, which is said to cause excitement, loss of appetite, and euphoria.
the khat plant has over the years found its way to Southern Africa as well as tropical areas, where it grows on rocky outcrops and in woodlands.
The shrub is today scattered in the Kwa Zulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa, in addition to Swaziland and Mozambique.
It takes seven to eight years for the khat plant to reach its full height.
Other than access to sun and water, khat requires little maintenance.
It is unclear if the consumption of khat directly affects the mental health of the user or not.