Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Opium cultivation in Afghanistan expected to fall despite high prices – UN

Surveyors of the northern region of Afghanistan undergoing training for the Opium Winter Rapid Assessment Survey

18 April 2011 – Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is expected to decline slightly this year despite the prevailing high prices of opium, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported today, saying that Government effort to discourage production could yield further reduction.
“This is only an indicator and government policy can stimulate further decline,” said Jean-Luc Lemahieu, the UNODC representative in Afghanistan, when he released the agency’s Opium Winter Rapid Assessment Survey. Article posted here

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