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Dramatic increase in Afghanistan opium production: UN

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opium production in AfghanistanUnited Nations followings its latest report announced Afghanistan is heading for a near-record opium crop as instability pushes up the amount of land planted with illegal but lucrative poppies.

The report issued Monday says cultivation is also dramatically increasing in areas of the southern Taliban heartland, especially in regions where thousands of U.S.-led coalition troops have been withdrawn or are in the process of departing.

UN officials predict the increase will push this year’s crop close to 2007’s record level and again see Afghanistan responsible for more than 90 per cent of the world’s heroin.

ean-Luc Lemahieu, Afghanistan head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said, “Opium cultivation is up for the third successive year, and production is heading towards record levels. People are hedging against an insecure future both politically and economically.”

The survey found that high opium prices, coupled with uncertainty over what will happen when foreign combat troops leave and a faltering legal economy were all persuading farmers to sow more of the cash crop.

Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of opium, the raw ingredient in heroin, and last year provided about 75 percent of the global crop.

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