Authentication of Coffeea Arabica genetics using DNA fingerprinting technology.
“Look after your coffee trees with passion and love”.
Hameed Subaih is from Bait Alal in Hayma Kharijiya. He is 60 years-old and has been growing coffee since he was a child. He began helping his father on the farm, until he was able to manage the farm by himself - it didn't take long before he became one of the best farmers in his village.
Hameed only grows coffee on his farm, taking care of his 700 seedlings with passion and love. His family helps him during the harvest season to pick all the red cherries. One of the saddest moments for Hameed was when his son was killed in the village, because of problems between the farmers. He was one of the main helpers on the farms, and had a bright future ahead of him.
In the future, Hameed wants to expand his farm. He also hopes to win in the auction!
Bait Alal is a village in the region of Hayma Kharijiya, on the west side of Sana’a City. Perched on a mountain top, it has an altitude of 2300 metres and is home to some 300 farming families. The farmers in Bait Alal see the coffee tree as a symbol of pride and they believe that coffee originated from this area. The land has been passed down through the generations, with some of the coffee trees dating back over three hundred years. Due to a harsh climate, the farmers face many growing difficulties, which is one of the reasons for low yields being produced. However, no matter how small the harvest is or how harsh the conditions, the farmers never abandon their coffee trees. Bait Alal is also home to Al Ruwad, Yemen’s largest and most established specialty coffee cooperative, serving 285 families – the equivalent of around 2000 people.
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