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Afghanistan

Opium Production Soars In Afghanistan

Afghan policemen stand next to packages containing opium during a police presentation in Herat in December.
Afghan policemen stand next to packages containing opium during a police presentation in Herat in December.
The United Nations says the price of Afghan opium rose dramatically in 2011.

Yury Fedotov, executive director of the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime, said in a statement that "opium is therefore a significant part of the Afghan economy and provides considerable funding to the insurgency and fuels corruption."

According to the UN, farmer income derived from Afghanistan's opium crop in 2011 was $1.4 billion, representing 9 percent of GDP.

The overall opium crop increased by 61 percent, from 3,600 tons in 2010 to 5,800 tons in 2011.

The value of the opium yield rose 133 percent from 2010, when plant diseases killed much of the Afghan crop.

Afghanistan grows about 90 percent of the world's opium.

Last year opium generated 11 times more revenue for Afghan farmers than wheat.

compiled from agency reports
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by: Bill Webb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
January 13, 2012 21:42
Until every step in the process, cultivation, production, sale or complicity is considered a crime by the government and the people, instead of normal everyday Afghan life, and is duly prosecuted, the problem will continue.

by: Jack from: US
January 14, 2012 04:22
US soldiers in Afghanistan are in fact ordered to protect poppy fields. The criminal syndicate known as US federal government is figuring out ways to make billions on illegal drug trade from Afghanistan, like it does with Mexico drug trade. Drug trafficing and drug syndicates in Mexico and Columbia would never had a chance to grow as big as they are, without cover and protection from highest levels of US government. Quite a few people in US government make [un-taxable] billions from illegal drug trade. Which is why US government so vehemently opposed to legalization of drugs. Criminals in White House would instanteneously lose billions if drugs were legalized.

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