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Afghan government enhances effort to curb poppy cultivation

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Afghan government enhances effort to curb poppy cultivation

opium cultivationIn an attempt to curtail poppy cultivation in the country, Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MoCN) has planned to reward drug free provinces with development project.

An agreement for that matter has been signed with several construction companies to execute 26 different development projects in provinces where cultivation has dropped to “near zero” level or declined significantly.

The projects are estimated to cost over 465 million AFN.

This is an unconventional approach of the Afghan government to combat poppy cultivation that has traditionally been fought with brute force.
Counter Narcotics Minister Zarar Ahmad Muqbel believed that the rise in poppy cultivation was due to absence of stringent actions against the “main” parties that are behind the drug business.

Muqbel alleged that the poppy was largely cultivated in the regions that share a border with Pakistan.

“We have clear evidences that labs are operational in the regions around the Afghanistan-Pakistan border where drugs are produced on a massive scale,” Tolo News quotes Muqbel.

Afghanistan is the leading producer of opium, maintaining 74% of the global market, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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