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Afghanistan: high expectations of record opium crop

Posted By admin On April 15, 2013 @ 5:02 am In Tile,World News | Comments Disabled

Emma Graham-Harrison
London Guardian [1]
April 15, 2013

Twelve years after the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan is heading for a near-record opium crop as instability pushes up the amount of land planted with illegal but lucrative poppies, according to a bleak UN report.

The rapid growth of poppy farming as western troops head home reflects particularly badly on Britain, which was designated “lead nation” for counter-narcotics work over a decade ago.

“Poppy cultivation is not only expected to expand in areas where it already existed in 2012 … but also in new areas or areas where poppy cultivation was stopped,” the Afghanistan Opium Winter Risk Assessment found.

The growth in opium cultivation reflects both spreading instability and concerns about the future. Farmers are more likely to plant the deadly crop in areas of high violence or where they have not received any agricultural aid, the report said.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/15/afghanistan-expectations-record-opium-crop

[2] Opium Cultivation Rose This Year in Afghanistan, U.N. Survey Shows: http://www.prisonplanet.com/opium-cultivation-rose-this-year-in-afghanistan-u-n-survey-shows.html

[3] Afghanistan opium production set to rise 61%: UN: http://www.prisonplanet.com/afghanistan-opium-production-set-to-rise-61-un.html

[4] Opium crop grows near troop base: http://www.prisonplanet.com/opium-crop-grows-near-troop-base.html

[5] War on drugs revealed as total hoax – US military admits to guarding, assisting lucrative opium trade in Afghanistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/war-on-drugs-revealed-as-total-hoax-us-military-admits-to-guarding-assisting-lucrative-opium-trade-in-afghanistan.html

[6] Afghanistan expects record opium harvest despite US crop kill rhetoric: http://www.prisonplanet.com/afghanistan-expects-record-opium-harvest-despite-us-crop-kill-rhetoric.html

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