Authentication of Coffeea Arabica genetics using DNA fingerprinting technology.
“I will continue growing coffee until the last day of my life".
Ali Ajlan is 70 years-old. He has three sons and has been growing coffee for over 50 years. As a family legacy, he continues growing coffee. Ali used to wake up early to perform the Fajr prayer, and then go to his farm to take care of it
He believes that coffee is the future of the country so he is always keen to instil the love of coffee in the hearts of his sons. He hopes his sons will follow his footsteps after his death.
His village, Alobra, is famous for its cultivation of coffee from ancient times to this day, as it is considered one of the largest areas famous for the cultivation of high-quality coffee in Hayma Dakhiliyah.
Shortage of water is one of the biggest challenges that confronts farmers in his village and stands as an obstacle to the spread and expansion of Yemeni coffee cultivation.
Alobrah is a village in the coffee growing region of Hayma Dakhiliya, located in the west of Sana’a. It is one of the largest areas famous for growing coffee in Hayma Dakhiliya. In Hayma Dakhiliya, there are 11 villages, of which 400 families farm coffee. Alongside coffee, the farming families in Hayma Dakhiliya grow corn, potatoes and qat. The villages are found high in the mountains at an altitude of 2,200 metres. The weather is mild and rainy in the summer months, and cold in winter. But this is what gives the coffee farmers such fertile soil, rich in minerals and plenty of aquifers. It is believed that some of the coffee trees are over 100 years old. The trees have adapted to the harsh mountainous environment and continue to produce high-quality coffee with fresh, fruity hints. However, coffee trees have been struggling with disease, impacting the region’s outturn of coffee cherries and overall yield. Low yield is a problem affecting many in the Yemeni coffee industry. However, Hayma Dakhiliya is particularly struggling with this issue and as a result, the region has the lowest yield in Yemen.
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