[Ibogaine] Record for Afghan poppy planting

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Fri Feb 29 18:30:10 EST 2008


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Record for Afghan poppy planting 



US soldier inspects poppy fields in Helmand province (2007)

Southern provinces are the source of most Afghan poppy production

Opium poppy production in Afghanistan reached another record high last year
and Kabul must do more to stop it, a US State Department report says. 

The report says that the poppy cultivation helps Taleban insurgents obtain
money and weapons. 

The drug trade hinders progress towards economic stability and democracy,
the report adds. 

Afghanistan grows nearly all of the world's opium poppy crop in an illegal
trade worth billions of dollars. 

"Eliminating narcotics cultivation and trafficking in Afghanistan will
require a long-term national and international commitment," said the State
Department. 

"The Afghan government must take decisive action against poppy cultivation
soon to turn back the drug threat before its further growth and
consolidation make it even more difficult to defeat." 

The report says production of the poppy was up more than a third on 2006 and
good weather helped increase the yield of land already under cultivation. 

In a report published at the beginning of February, the UN estimated that
the amount of opium poppy cultivated in the volatile southern provinces
would increase this year. 

But the UN's assessment also predicted the overall harvest would be "similar
to or lower than" last year's record-breaking level. 

 

 

Poppy-free provinces 

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) based its findings on interviews in
almost 500 villages. 

Afghanistan says it is making progress on curbing poppy cultivation by
persuading farmers not to plant and through destroying poppy fields. 

Acting counter-narcotics minister General Khodaidad, in an interview with
Reuters news agency, said he was optimistic. 

"We are doing better than last year and will have more poppy-free provinces
this year," he said. 

The growth in Afghanistan's opium crop began in earnest after the overthrow
of the Taleban by US-led and Afghan forces in 2001. 

 

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