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Opium cultivation increases to 87% in Afghanistan in 2017: UNODC

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said in its report that cultivation of opium increases to 87 percent in Afghanistan as compared to last data.

The UNODC report added that this year rapid increase of opium cultivation was recorded in 2017 and in most of the country, people cultivated poppies.

The report further added that because of insurgency in the country most likely the terrorist group is likely to promote opium cultivation and later smuggle it to the other parts of the world and report added that this is one of the reason of increased in opium cultivation in the country.

UNODC report also revealed that despite the efforts of the provincial governments of eradicating of opium from 750 hectares of land, but in current year the cultivation hit a record of 328,000 hectares which is more than 60 percent from last year.

The UN office says the farm gate value off the opium for the year has been estimated at $1.4 billion which shows a 50 per cent increased as compared to last year.


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