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Official: More Than Half of Afghan Provinces Poppy-Free

A Canadian soldier walks through a poppy field in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province.
A Canadian soldier walks through a poppy field in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province.
Poppy cultivation has been eradicated from more than half of Afghanistan's 34 provinces.

That's according to the country's minister for counter-narcotics, Zarar Ahmad Moqbel Osmani, who made his remarks in Kabul at a conference of drug enforcement officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Russia.

Osmani said despite the progress, poppy cultivation remains high in those parts of the country where the Taliban insurgency is at its most deadly.

Taliban-led militants are believed to derive $100-$400 million a year from opium production and drug trafficking.

Afghanistan supplies nearly 80 percent of the world's opium.

Reuters
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
September 07, 2011 23:02
It would be nice to use some of the useless now land to improve
life of local people there - USA, EU and Eastern European "know-how"
and small mechanical tools, like "tilers" and water piping might help
with intence guardening and some other crops...
Sertainly government itself must step-in with a bigger aproach too...

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