UN: Afghan opium production at record level

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Afghan opium production at record level
Last Updated: Monday, August 27, 2007 | 1:31 PM ET
CBC News

Afghanistan's harvest of the raw material for opium is expected to be the largest on record this year, according to a United Nations report released Monday.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported the sixth consecutive annual increase in poppy production since U.S.-led forces toppled the Taliban in 2001.

The harvest has grown in size even though the international community has spent tens of millions of dollars to curb poppy cultivation. The total opium harvest will be 8,200 tonnes, up from 6,100 tonnes last year.

Afghanistan produced 93 per cent of the world's opium in 2007, up from 92 per cent last year, the report said, adding that international efforts to dissuade farmers from planting poppy crops in the southern provinces have been ineffective.

"The Afghan opium situation looks grim, but it is not yet hopeless," said UNODC executive director Antonio Maria Costa.

In the centre and north of Afghanistan, where the government has increased its authority and presence, opium cultivation is diminishing. The number of opium-free provinces more than doubled from six to 13, UNODC said.


Most production is in the south, where instability is much worse and NATO-led and Afghan government forces are battling the Taliban insurgency.

About 80 per cent of opium poppies were grown in a handful of provinces along the border with Pakistan in the south. In volatile Helmand province, where British troops are fighting the Taliban, opium cultivation rose 48 per cent to 102,770 hectares.
 

rupert pupkin

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Why else did you think we moved into that country? The opium in Afghanistan, and the oil in iraq. Next stop is iran. Keep sleeping people.
 

abudabit

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Why else did you think we moved into that country? The opium in Afghanistan, and the oil in iraq. Next stop is iran. Keep sleeping people.
With the combination of oil, heroin, and hand woven carpets we will be invincible.


Maybe instead of trying to stop opium shipping we should instead just put poison in it.
 

d0uche_n0zzle

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Maybe instead of trying to stop opium shipping we should instead just put poison in it.
And pray tell where would Ack's Grl get her fix of morphine from?
 

abudabit

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Oxycotin, she needs to move into the 21st century.
 

LiddyRules

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Drugs support terrorism according to Nick and Norm. But if drugs support terrorism, and we went into Afghanistan to stop terrorism, yet there's still more drugs, which means more terrorism...